Priestley student named top air cadet

A Lymm air cadet has been named one of the top in the country.

Priestly College student Jordon Owen, 19, of 2137 (Lymm) Squadron has been named as the top male cadet in the North Region of the Air Training Corps.

After achieving the highest rank of Cadet Warrant Officer, Jordon was nominated for the award after his long list of achievements including representing the RAF Air Cadets as a Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet, completing a solo gliding and RAF Association flying scholarships and Gold DofE Award.

Jordon has also travelled to Canada as part of the International Air Cadet Exchange and taken part in overseas camps in Cyprus and Germany.

After being selected as the top in his region, Jordon travelled to RAF College Cranwell where the top male, female and Combined Cadet Force (RAF) cadets took part in a ‘dragons den’ style questioning in a hope to impress the judges to be named the top in their category.

Despite not winning the Dacre sword, Jordon is still one of the top six male air cadets in the UK, beating off 31,000 other cadets nationally.

Jordon said: “To be nominated for the Dacre sword is a surreal experience.

“I am greatly honoured to be put forward for the second year running and I have come back stronger this year.

“If someone was to say I would be travelling the world, teaching the next generation, flying an aircraft solo I wouldn’t have believed them.

“Having really young parents (16) has shown that if you hold the commitment, drive and passion anything is possible if you put your mind to it.”