NTC parade ends on high note
The final parade of Hermann Loos and De Soysa Trophy and the Best
Battalion Selection Camp of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) was held at
the NCC Training Centre, Rantambe on October 28. Prime Minister D.M.
Jayaratne was the chief guest.
Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne presents the De Soysa Trophy to
winners Rathnavali Balika Vidyalaya, Gampaha
Hermann Loos and De Soysa Competition Camp is the culmination of
cadet training in Sri Lanka. Champions and runners up of 24 Battalions
spread throughout the country attended this camp. National Cadet Corps
headed by Director General Cadet Corps Major General Gamini Jayasundara
RWP RSP being the premier youth development organisation in the country
is in the process of moulding school-going generation to be junior
leaders of the country since its inception from 1881. Several Heads of
NCCs officers and cadets from SAARC countries witnessed the parade.
This year's final parade was also witnessed by approximately 10,000
people comprising principals, teachers, parents and well-wishers of the
NCC. Infrastructure facilities for the ceremony was provided by the Seva
Vanitha Branch of the NCC under the patronage of Priyanthi
Jayasundara.Dharmaraja College, Kandy and Nalanda College, Colombo won
the Hermann Loos Trophy this year while De Soysa Trophy was won by
Rathnavali Balika Vidyalaya, Gampaha. The platoons were designated as
the President's Platoons of the year.
Hermann Loos Trophy presented to winners - Nalanda College,
and Dharmaraja College, Kandy
Runners up were Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala and Devi Balika
College, Colombo respectively. Bandaranayake College, Gampaha and
Vishaka Vidyalaya, Colombo won the third place of the competition.
Sixteen girls' platoons and 47 boys' platoons comprising over 1,500
cadets from 75 schools islandwide completed these coveted challenge
trophies. St. Mary's College, Kegalle Sergeant Dharmasena MMA and
Maliyadeva Girls College, Kurunegala Cadet Wijesingha WMSM won trophies
as the best Gunman and the best Gunwoman.Defence and Urban Development
Ministry Additional Secretary (Defence) S. Hettiarachchi, Additional
Secretary (Parliamentary Affairs and Welfare) J.A. Ranjith, Senior
Assistant Secretary (Defence) H.A.A. Chaminda, senior officers from
Armed Forces, school principals, teachers and parents were present to
witness the parade.