The freedoms we enjoy in our country come with extreme sacrifice by countless men, women and their families. We all continue to be protected by those who volunteer to serve and defend our country. Today, I recognize members of the Jenison High School Class of 2020 who have signed on to fill this honorable role. We celebrate them as they take on many new challenges and choose to stand up for our freedoms.
Evan Conlon chose the military path because he felt it was a great fit for him to develop skills and accomplish his life goals. A hard working, physical young man, Evan worked a plan to complete high school graduation requirements early and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He has already been working hard to push himself beyond perceived limits and completed boot camp training in April. I’m proud to see him employing his dedication as he received graduate honors for his platoon and was eventually named Honor Graduate for the entire company as well. Bravo Evan! Best wishes as you await the next phase of training at the school of infantry and continue your military career.
Morgan DeBoer enlisted and participated in the swearing in ceremony last November for the Army National Guard. Following basic training, Morgan is planning to attend Lake Superior State University where she will study wildlife, fisheries and conservation. Morgan is goal oriented and she feels that JHS has prepared her to work hard for the things she wants to accomplish. Congratulations Morgan! I know you will take your commitment and leadership from the soccer field to your education and military duties.
A military career is a life long dream for Parker DeJonge. The only question he had was which branch to join. Last November, Parker enlisted with the United States Army, where he will become an armament/electronics/avionics systems repair specialist for Apache helicopters. Playing baseball and spending time in the spotlights of the theatre program, Parker has gained leadership skills during high school. He is also looking forward to meeting new people as he embarks on this new adventure. Congratulations Parker, on step one of fulfilling your dreams as you serve your country.
Samuel Jipping enlisted in the United States Navy and is looking forward to many wonderful growth opportunities during his career. He cites discipline in and outside the JHS classroom that have helped prepare him to be his best.
Coming from a military family, Eva Johnson knew from a young age that she was interested in and passionate about a possible military career. At the start of her senior year, she followed in the footsteps of her father and older brother and enlisted with the Army National Guard.
Eva appreciated many of her JHS teachers for their leadership; especially AP teachers like Mrs. McCluggage and Mrs. Clement that she feels have prepared her to be a responsible adult and encouraged personal accountability.
Eva plans to attend Grand Valley State University where she will major in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Applied Statistics while participating in the Army ROTC program. Many well wishes for you Eva, as you embark on your new role as local hero.
Growing up in a military/law enforcement family, Parker Taft had an ingrained passion to serve his country and save lives. Parker appreciated his time at Jenison High School and valued not only the education but the leadership of his teachers. Nearly a year ago, Parker completed the comparison between Army and Marines and enlisted with the United States Army. Best wishes Parker as you employ your skills and pursue a fruitful career. Thank you Parker for choosing this noble profession, you will be an encouragement to others and your passion will take you far.