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Cadet Applewhite Awarded Citizen of the Month

posted May 20, 2014, 7:48 PM by lana mark   [ updated Jan 28, 2019, 6:46 PM by Scott Carter ]

SPR 30-4-14

391st Composite Squadron

Group III, Texas Wing

Civil Air Patrol





DALLAS-C/A1C (Cadet Airman First Class) Madison Applewhite was selected as Citizen of the Month at Highland Park Middle School for the month of April. Her teachers elected her because of her dedication and commitment to school, teachers, and classmates.


On April 30th, a luncheon was held at Highland Park Middle School to honor the students who demonstrate the character principles that are the cornerstone of the Character Education Program at Highland Park Middle School.  Cadet Applewhite was one of eight students, four young ladies and four young men, selected from approximately 600 7th graders. Following was the presentation as written by Cadet Applewhite’s teachers and presented by the Principal of the school, Dr. Laurie Hitzelberger:


“It is a privilege to acknowledge students who have consistently demonstrated an outstanding performance in academic endeavors, as well as positive communication with teachers and peers, while always maintaining an attitude of respect. The Tejas Team is proud to honor Madison Applewhite as our Citizen of the Month. As a conscientious and engaged learner, Madison is a delightful and pleasant class member. She shows persistence and integrity as the advisory representative for Student Council, and her heart, independence, and determination are apparent in everything she does. Outside school, Madison excels in band and pursues her passion of flying as a member of the Civil Air Patrol.  She is dedicated to becoming a pilot and will officially begin flight training in a couple of years. She brings the same energy, joy, and dedication to her studies. With her beautiful smile and sweet nature, Madison radiates the characteristics valued as Citizen of the Month.”


As her special guests at the luncheon, Cadet Applewhite invited her mother, 2nd Lt Blanca Applewhite, and Deputy Commander for Cadets at Dallas Composite Squadron, 1st Lt Lana Holub.  “She is responsible for the character development classes at my squadron.  That is why I wanted Lt Holub to be there when I got this award for character.”


All cadets at Civil Air Patrol regularly study and practice Character Development. It is clear that these classes made an impact on Cadet Applewhite and were recognized at her school.


Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft.  CAP, in its Air Force Auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of all continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011.  Its’ volunteers also perform Homeland Security, disaster relief, drug interdiction missions,  aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs.  CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years.  CAP also participated in Wreathes across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U. S. Military veterans. Visit or for more information or contact:                                       

                                             Blanca Applewhite,   2nd Lt CAP

                                             Assistant Public Affairs Officer

                                             Group III Texas Wing

                                             Civil Air Patrol



Dr. Laurie Hitzelberger – Principal HPMS, Cadet Madison Applewhite, 1st Lt Lana Holub