The Payson Civil Air Patrol cadets helped put Arizona on the map and bring credit not only to themselves but also to Payson. Three young men, Matthew Snively, Matthew West and Matthew Basin, belong to Payson Civil Air Patrol Squadron and were part of a 16-person drill team at the National Cadet Competition held in Washington D.C., July 6 through July 9. The drill team, which represented both the Arizona Wing and the Southwest placed overall as the "Best Drill Team" in the United States. This is the first time Arizona has received this prestigious award. The team was awarded the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Sweepstakes Trophy for the performance.
The National Cadet Competition consists of seven events in which cadets are graded. The contest involves teams from Puerto Rico, Illinois, North Carolina, Washington, New Hampshire.
In December last year, at the Wing Cadet Competition, the group with local members earned the right to represent Arizona. The drill team won the Southwest Region Competition in Tucson, besting New Mexico, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. With this victory came the honor of representing area states as the Southwest Region drill team at the National Cadet Competition.
These cadets have been together practicing and training for 11 months putting in practice. The team is comprised of members from throughout Arizona. It has cadets from Payson, Prescott, Cottonwood, Scottsdale, and Deer Valley. The members practiced every Saturday for 8 hours in Deer Valley.
The cadets told parents and escorts they were going to win NCC, and with motivation, determination and pride, they did exactly that. From the first day of practice until the team returned home from the national title competition, the entire ordeal was a truly phenomenal, inspiring, and unforgettable experience.
Thanks goes out to Capt. Jean Hurley and Lt. Col. Ron Fett who served as the team's escorts. The team wants to make sure their parents are also recognized for their love, support, and encouragement for without them, none of this would be possible. The three Payson cadets also want to thank the Tonto Basin Business owners and friends who helped support them financially.
The Firebelles will have a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at the fire hall. The meeting will be followed by an ice cream social. There will be games, cards, cribbage and dominoes available. If you would like to play the welcome mat is out. If you would like to learn any of the games come out and the experts will teach you.
On Sept. 2 the Firebelles will have another ice cream social and bake sale, plus a brats barbecue, starting at 10 a.m. and lasting until all is sold. Baked goods are needed for the sale. So, get your ovens ready and bring your goodies to the fire hall before 10 a.m. Sept. 2.
Christopher Creek residents celebrating birthdays in August include: Jenny Cronk, Aug. 3, Diane Ruman, Aug. 5, Donna Wynn, Aug. 10, Karen Thorton, Aug. 13, Sandy Kalmar, Aug. 14, Holly Purtee, Aug. 15, James Turco, Aug. 17, Red Armistead, Aug. 19, Hazel Gourdoux, Aug. 21, Susan Hepworth, Aug. 23, Michael Ollson and Paul Kovisto, Aug. 28, Jarve Sellers and Penny Wells, Aug. 29, and Dave Ezzell, Aug. 30.