“It’s wonderful,” her mother, Ramona Lee, said.
Principal Carla Scuzzarella paid a special tribute at the beginning of the ceremony to seven young men who will be serving in the armed forces: Angus Aheron, Erik Hollenbeck, Dustin Lundy, Cooper McLeod, Robert Peterson, Zachary Pimentel and John Surette.
Hollenbeck, president of the National Honor Society, will leave June 30 to enroll at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. He received several acceptances from colleges but the one from the Coast Guard Academy “was the most important to me,” he said.
After graduating from the academy and receiving his commission as an ensign, he will be required to serve in the Coast Guard for five years. He may end up serving longer, he said.
McLeod is headed for Oregon State University on an ROTC scholarship while Peterson will attend the State University of New York Maritime College. Aheron, Lundy, Pimentel and Surette will join the enlisted ranks of the armed forces.