Military Commitment Ceremony Honors Seniors

Lakota's Military Commitment Ceremony Honors Seniors
Posted on 05/19/2020
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military commitment ceremony graphicOn May 7, Lakota Local Schools celebrated its 22 seniors who have committed to attending a military academy or enlisting in a branch of the armed services after graduation. While this was the third annual Military Commitment Ceremony for the district, it was the first held virtually.

“Regardless of the setting, it was important that we recognize our seniors who have chosen to put service before self after graduation,” said Superintendent Matthew Miller. “I couldn’t be more proud of our students who have chosen to enter one of the service academies or branches of our military.”

As part of the Portrait of a Lakota Graduate, Enlistment is one of the four Es the district instills upon its students, along with Enrollment in Higher Education, Entrepreneurship and Employment. 

The virtual ceremony opened with a moving performance of the National Anthem by members of the Lakota East and West choirs. Along with Miller, principals Suzanna Davis and Elgin Card addressed the honorees and community. “These young people share several fundamental qualities,” noted Davis. “They possess courage, pride, determination, selflessness, dedication to duty and integrity.”

The ceremony has special meaning to Card, as he shared with the audience. “Being the son of an Army veteran, I have great pride and great respect for all that our armed forces do for us and our country.” He also added that he knows that students will make their families and Lakota proud.

The keynote address was given by Captain William Roth, United States Navy. With more than 26 years of both active and reserve service, Roth spoke to the seniors about qualities they will need while serving. “Flexibility is one of the best skills to have whether it’s a civilian or military application,” said Roth, noting that the COVID-19 pandemic caused the district to be flexible in how to recognize the honorees. 

Looking ahead, Roth told the seniors, “You’ll get skills both in a technical arena and as a leader. Every member of the military has leadership requirements at some level.” Roth continued, “I promise you that you will look back on the time (you served) and take great pride in the tasks you have accomplished.”

The video, which has more than 7,500 views can be seen in its entirety on the district’s Facebook page or YouTube channel

Congratulations to these 22 seniors:

Air Force

Nicholas Higgins (East)

Chance Palmer (East)

Triston York (East)

Air National Guard

Mara Calhoun (East)

Alec Barr (East)


Abigail Arkwright (East)

Conlin Melody (East)

Luke O’Connor (East)

Fernando Rivera-Rivera (East)

Army National Guard

John Doyle (West)

Tanner Gagliardo (East)

Andrew Marshall (East)

Shawn Ryan (East)


Conner Everson (East)

Gabriel Pascoal (East)

Dipen Rai (West)

Tyler Suttles (West)

Alexander Tyranski (East)

Naval Academy

J. Zaine Brewer (West)


Ian Berkey (West)

Zell Moua (West)

Zachary Saurine (West)