Military Signing Day
Story by Sophomore, Tatum Bardash
Seniors’ First Step into the Military
Military Signing Day is an event taking place on April 24 from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. in the auditorium. This occasion will recognize and honor the students who have enrolled in the military for the following years after high school.
14 students have committed to the armed forces, and each student will attend to be acknowledged at the event. This year, the ceremony has gained more recognition after a veteran named Gregg Kelley Flowers suggested that more should be done for the seniors that were recruited.
“It is open to the public and is a free event. We have over 10 military organizations that will be attending to help the community learn about what resources are available to them,” Intervention Specialist and veteran Terence McDermott said.
The particular individuals and organizations that will be present at the occasion are Team RWB (Red, White, Blue), Rosie the Canine Companion, Olentangy Military Families Committee, Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Department of Veterans Services, Delaware County Veterans Services, USO (United Service Organization), ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve), JROTC, Columbus Dispatch, MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation at DSCC), Military One Source, Buckeye Military Moms, Moore Dental of Lewis Center and Superintendent Mark Raiff.
One specific student who will also be attending and honored at the signing day is senior Carson Briggs, who has joined the United States Navy.
“I’m looking forward to making my parents proud at the signing. My twin brothers are in the Navy, and they have also inspired me to pursue the military,” Briggs said.
Joining the military is an alternative to students who don’t want to attend college and want the opportunity to fight for their country. Students can join the Air Force, Navy, National Guard, Army or Marine Corps.
“School has never really been my thing. I have always wanted to serve for my country to prove to myself that I can achieve anything that I put my mind to,” Briggs said.