A teenager from Preston is on a quick march to the top after winning a prestigious prize from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate.
Junior Soldier Cherelle Jackson, 17, was awarded the prize for the Best Junior Soldier AGC at the prestigious college, which caters for sixteen-year-olds following a unique 42 week long course combining vocational education and military training.
Cherelle, a former pupil of Lostock Hall Academy, joined the Army Foundation College in North Yorkshire in March this year and gained a City and Guilds apprenticeship for Information Technology users at Level 2, incorporating Functional Skills.
“The best part of my time at the college was the personal and team development training and the sharp shooting,” said Cherelle, who’s stepfather is the RSM in the Royal Irish.
She added; “I feel extremely proud and honoured to have won the award as it shows that i have got what it takes.”
Lieutenant Colonel Oz Lane, the College’s Commanding Officer said; “The prize awarded to Junior Soldier Jackson is the culmination of 12 months of hard work and dedication.
“She can be rightly proud of her achievements at the College and the College staff and myself wish her well as she goes forward to the second phase of her training.”
The Junior Soldier undertake a number of adventurous training activities, as well as physical and mental challenges, culminating in a 30 hour challenge patrol across the Yorkshire Dales.
The students are also given the opportunity to sample a wide variety of sports promoting fitness and agility.
Following their return from a ten-day final exercise in Garelochhead The Army’s Head of Theatre Troops, Major General Tim Radford, inspected the parade of 700 junior soldiers, and presented Cherelle with her award at Uniacke Barracks in Penny Pot Lane.
The award-winner will now undertake the second phase of her training at the Blandford phase two training establishment before joining the Royal Signals Regiment.