A cadet unit in the Pilbara was selected as a finalist for a Statewide competition for young achievers. The Tom Price Emergency Services Cadet Corps was announced as a finalist for the youth group achievement award at the 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards. The ceremony was held last month at the Pan Pacific hotel in Perth, attended by more than 350 guests from across the State. Youth Minister Dave Kelly said about 1600 students had gone through the cadet program since it launched 21 years ago. “The cadet program was developed by CadetsWA and has benefited the youth communities of Tom Price, Paraburdoo and Wakathuni Aboriginal Community,” he said. “The program aims to encourage the youth to transition into volunteer emergency services in the future.” Mr Kelly said the cadet unit members had completed more than 14,000 hours of community service in the past five years. “Students who have attended the program have become leaders of their communities or volunteers in emergency services such as St John Ambulance, Bush Fire Brigade, Tom Price Fire and Rescue and more,” he said.