Abington teens earns Camp Cadet honors


August 13, 2013

Two students at Abington Heights High School were among the top cadets attending an annual state police summer camp last month.

Nick Emmett, 15, of South Abington Township, was named Most Outstanding Cadet at Pennsylvania State Police, Troop R Dunmore’s 26th annual Camp Cadet, which was held July 14 to 19 at Marywood University. Colin Florey, 15, of Clarks Summit, was named the most physically fit male cadet during the camp.

Emmett, who is a freshman at Abington Heights High School this fall, is the son of Frank and Tammy Emmett. His older siblings are Frank, 25; Elizabeth, 22; and Dominique, 15.

He said this was his first time attending Camp Cadet and he would highly recommend the experience to his friends. After high school, Emmett aspires to enter the military, then law enforcement. He said Camp Cadet was a positive experience because it gave him a taste of what it’s like in the military.

“The entire thing was intriguing, exciting, new,” he said. “I loved every minute of it.”

He said he was surprised during the closing ceremony when his name was called for the Most Outstanding Cadet award.

“When they said my name at graduation, it was breathtaking,” he said. “It was unique to stand up in front of everyone and walk to the front and receive my award.”

His parents said they were as surprised and proud as he was. But even before the award was announced, Frank Emmett said he and his wife were proud of their son’s accomplishments at Camp Cadet after simply seeing him march with the other young men and women.

“We came down and they were marching so crisply, we had tears in our eyes,” Mr. Emmett said.

Florey, a sophomore at Abington Heights, said he was surprised that there was an award for physical fitness during Camp Cadet. He, too, said he was drawn to the summer camp for the first time this year because of his interest in a career in the military or law enforcement.

“It was a phenomenal experience, a great time. I took a lot away from it,” Florey said.

The Abington Heights Comets golfer, diver, and future lacrosse player is the son of Beth and Richard Florey and big brother to Evan, 13, and Bryce, 10. He said he finished in the top two spots in daily two-mile runs at 5:30 a.m. during Camp Cadet and fared well in swimming races and calisthenics.

“I just tried my hardest all week, did my best, and pushed myself,” he said.

Fifty boys and 15 girls, ages 12 to 15, attended the camp that aims to introduce young people to the criminal justice system. Cadets involved in the local camp represented schools in Lackawanna, Pike, Susquehanna and Wayne counties.