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McQuaid earns Earhart Award from Hagerstown CAP

September 05, 2009

Sam McQuaid, a member of the Hagerstown Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, received the Earhart Award, the second highest award in the cadet program.

The award enables the cadet to enter the military service at an advanced rank and makes him eligible for the International Cadet Exchange Program.

Sam has participated in the Civil Air Patrol for four years and is a cadet captain. He said one of the highlights of his time in CAP was attending the Para-Rescue course at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M.

Sam will be a junior at North Hagerstown High School this fall and is active with the student government and is a mentor for incoming freshman. He participates in wrestling.

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Another one of Sam's accomplishments is having gained the status of Eagle Scout with Venture Crew 762 in Clear Spring.

Along with scouting and CAP, he enjoys fishing, hunting and camping.

Sam has already mapped out his future by joining the early enlistment program with the Army National Guard and hopes to earn an officer's commission with the ROTC program at Towson University.

The Hagerstown Squadron meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at its headquarters behind the Airport Inn on Jarkey Drive at Hagerstown Regional Airport.

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