VENICE, Fla. -
Cadets from the Student Leadership Academy Cadet Squadron
participated in Venice’s 42nd annual Holiday Parade.
Three senior members and 21 Cadets met at the middle
school on Venice Island to decorate the float and prepare for the festive
parade. The Civil Air Patrol unit is one of two school squadrons located in Southwest
Florida. The unit provides the charter school with STEM education and extracurricular
It only took the cadets one hour to adorned the Civil Air
Patrol float in gold garland, red and white lights and American flag balloons. Cadets
from the CAP squadron were dressed in several different uniforms to represent
the multi-faceted elements of a school squadron.
The parade float was pulled by a red Jeep driven by Senior
member 2nd Lt. Andre Bouchane. With the float decorated and members
in uniform, the team was ready to roll. All that remained was some pre-parade
advice from the squadron’s cadet commander, EJ Smallwood; “Just like the
Madagascar Penguins, smile and wave boys!”
“The cadets are accustomed to looking straight forward
while marching in parades,” said squadron commander, Capt. Madeline
Kirsten-Bouchane. “Riding on the float gave a new and improved perspective to
“It was an amazing night,” said Cadet Elizabeth Noland!
“Riding on the float was a different perspective; we got to see the kids’ faces
light up as we rode by.”
Members of FL-804 prepare for holiday parade.