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SENIOR ENLISTEES HONORED AT MILITARY GALA

A formal ceremony to honor military-bound high school seniors from Camden County was held at the Mansion in Voorhees on May 15.

These seniors represent just one-percent of all high school graduates nationwide. Below are the 2018 high school senior enlistees from Camden County Technical Schools who were honored:

US AIR FORCE
Dominique Perez, GTC
Alexis Tapia, GTC

US NAVY
Fantaishya Utley, GTC

US MARINE CORPS
Andrea Castro, PC
Trushaun Kell, GTC

US MARINE CORPS
Jack Percak, GTC
Brian Romero–Granadeno, GTC
Adrian Vargas, PC
Anthony Vitkunas, GTC

US Army
Nicholas Christinzio, GTC
Adrian Garcia, GTC

NJ ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
Angel Burgos, PC

This program was made possible because of the efforts of an all-volunteer non-profit organization Our Community Salutes (OCS). OCS began in 2009 in Camden County and is now being duplicated in 27 states and nearly 80 communities throughout the US.

The evening consisted of meeting representatives from every branch of service and local colleges during a pre-dinner meet and greet followed by the presentation of the colors, dinner, a presentation of certificates to honorees, and a formal program featuring several noted speakers. The US Army Band provided the musical entertainment.

“I congratulate these outstanding high school seniors and commend them for their decision to serve their country,” said Freeholder Bill Moen, liaison to the Camden County Office of Veterans Affairs. “Their commitment makes each of us proud.”

Featured speakers included: NJ Governor Phil Murphy; Command Sergeant Major Michele S. Jones (USA. Ret.); Medal of Honor Recipient (2016) and Navy Seal, Senior Chief Edward Byers, Jr.; Comcast Corporation Senior Executive Vice President, David L. Cohen; Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey; Major General Jeffrey Snow, Commanding General, Army Recruitment Command, and Army Private Second Class Madison Sturgis, Audubon High School, Class of 2017.

“We are seeing a record number of graduating seniors going into the military this year from traditionally college-prep high schools, including nine seniors from Cherry Hill Public Schools” states Dr. Kenneth Hartman, founder of Our Community Salutes. “The cost of college may have hit a tipping point for many students and their families, resulting in more seniors looking at the military educational benefits as an alternative to taking on heavy student loan debt,” according to Hartman.

“These young men and women may be going off to war and need our praise, guidance and support,” added Hartman. “According to Pentagon estimates, less than 25 percent of Americans today are eligible for military service.”

Col. Matthew Lacy, retired, Leadership Airforce JROTC instructor at Camden County Technical Schools was in attendance. “I have attended this event several times in the past and it always makes an impression. I am very proud of all of our students and was there to show my full support.” 

Middle school students interested in perhaps pursuing a career in the military or learning valuable training in addition to their academic classes are welcome to schedule a tour of our high school JROTC program by contacting the Admissions Office at 856-767-7000, ext. 5416.



Posted on May 16, 2018