A TEENAGER is in the running for the country's most prestigious Combined Cadet Force (CCF) RAF award.

Cadet Warrant Officer Will Barnes is head of the CCF at Barnard Castle School and has already been awarded one of just 50 RAF annual scholarships.

He has now been shortlisted for the Sir John Thomson Memorial Sword for the top CCF RAF cadet in the country.

Having been nominated by his CCF contingent, Will was interviewed Wing Commander Bob Chalklin.

The 17-year-old will join the five other finalists at Air Squadron Day at RAF Cranwell, where the winner will be announced.

Will said his ambition is to work with the Medical Emergency Response Team and spent last summer India, where he shadowed doctors working in a Jodhpur hospital, including those in intensive care.

“I can’t imagine doing anything else. I have grown up in the RAF so I have a good idea of what it involves and I have been fortunate to be at a school with such a good CCF contingent.”

Teacher Mark West, who is also a flight lieutenant in the school’s CCF, said: “I have seen Will develop his enthusiasm and commitment over the years and it is a credit to him and a demonstration of his determination to pursue a career in the RAF that he has been shortlisted for this worthy accolade.”

Will should find out if he has been successful by the end of April.