Military Commitment Ceremony Salutes 43 Seniors

Second Annual Military Commitment Ceremony Salutes 43 Lakota Seniors
Posted on 05/14/2019
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The Lakota community came together on April 30 to recognize 43 students who have made a commitment to enter either a military academy or branch of service after graduation.

The moving ceremony began with choirs from both high schools joining together to perform the National Anthem during the Presentation of Colors by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Color Guard, Post 7696 West Chester. It was followed by a medley of familiar U.S. Armed Forces songs; veterans and current military members stood during the anthem of their branch of service.

The keynote speaker was Connie Spotts, a retired Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve. She has also served as a Lakota teacher, parent and volunteer for 35 years. “I come from a family with a long tradition of service, and many of you will be honoring your family tradition or maybe you are starting a tradition of your own. Hard work lies ahead of you, but you are ready for the challenge. You are the hope of our great nation, and your community will be rallying loudly behind you.”

Military recruiters then presented a certificate and a challenge coin to each student.

Student speakers included Grace Keith (East) and David Germanozashvili (West).

Grace, who received an appointment to West Point, started the Lakota East Veterans Network that connects students to veterans and veterans’ organizations. “My passion is the military and will continue to be the military. Serving those who have served us is imperative to who I am as a person and who I want to be.”

David, who is involved with Lakota West’s Patriotic Firebirds student organization, spoke about what it means to him to be part of the military. David enlisted in the Army National Guard at age 17 during his junior year. He attended boot camp last summer and plans to go to UC in the fall, hoping to eventually join the FBI or become a SWAT team member.

The program concluded with Freedom Elementary School students singing Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to be an American.”

Students recognized during the ceremony include:

Academies
Samuel Billisits: East (West Point)
Jacob Jones: West (Naval Academy)
Grace Keith: East (West Point)
Huakai (Joe) Qin: East (Naval Academy)

U.S. Air Force
Katherine Harvey: East (ROTC)
Zion Ingram: West
Ethan Noble: East (ROTC)
Gabriel Pegram: East
Nicholas Robbins: East
Isabel Steen: West (ROTC)
Alexander Strack: East (ROTC)

U.S. Army
Trace Cummings: West (Reserve)
David Germanozashvili: West (National Guard)
Faith Gims: West (National Guard)
Bradley Groth: West (National Guard)
Samuel Howard: West (National Guard)
Reed Hummel: West
Conner Iliff: West
Katelynn Kocur: East
Nathan Martin: West (National Guard)
Samantha Mascara: West (National Guard)
Juan Mercado: East
Jacob Rethman: West
David Ryan: East (National Guard)
Jeffery Shook: East
Brayden Theis: East (National Guard)
Nolan Warren: East (Reserve)

U.S. Coast Guard
Reid Sizemore: East

U.S. Marine Corps
Gabriel Cain: West
Brayden Kreiner: West
Brady Lambright: West (Reserve)
Matthew Linville: East
Piotr Mieczykowski: West
Nicholas Peter: West
Dalton Rhodus: West
Latre' Robinson: West (Reserve)
Logan Thomas: East

U.S. Navy
Amy Bohorfoush: East (ROTC)
Gabrielle Eppinghoff: West
Matthew Saurine: West
Logan Shaw: East
Joseph Trent: West
William Weisbrod: West


Click here to view a Facebook album capturing highlights of the evening, and click here to watch a video of the ceremony.

Thank you to these students for putting service before self by committing to serve in the U.S. Military.