EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP ̶ Nineteen Egg Harbor Township High School graduates proudly sported Honor Cords around their necks in addition to their caps and gowns during their commencement ceremony on Thursday evening, June 21, at Bruce W. Wohlrab Sports Complex at Egg Harbor Township High School.
Egg Harbor Township High School gave military Honor Cords and certificates of recognition to graduating seniors who have committed to serving in the military. The program was spearheaded by Jennifer Leonetti, EHTHS guidance counselor, who also acts as the high school military coordinator. She is in contact with the local recruiters of the military and schedules ASVAB test for students who are interested in the military.
Following is a list of the graduates and the branch of the military they are enlisted in:
• Cainan Johnson – Air Force
• Emma Warburton - Air National Guard
• Yennery Ovalles - Army National Guard
• Cameron Posey - Coast Guard
• Ericka Alejo - Coast Guard
• Matthew Ashworth - Marines
• Standley Liang - Marines
• Roberto D. Marques, Jr. – Navy
• Christian G. Mendez – Navy
• Andrea D. Nammour – Navy
• Lucas R. Putney – Navy
• Nicolas O. Thompson – Navy
• Dion Liu – Army
• Bob Nguyen – Army
• Richard West – Army
• Kani Brown – Army
These students received ROTC scholarships as well as Honor Cords:
• Aidan Bevilacqua - Naval ROTC
• Huy Nguyen - Air Force ROTC
• Robert Simpson - Army ROTC
“The cords are a way for us to honor our high school graduates who have committed to the military,” said Kimberly Dempsey, EHTHS media clerk. “The certificates are signed by Frank Formica from the Atlantic County Board of Freeholders. These young men and women have made a decision to put themselves in harm's way to secure our freedoms and way of life,” she added.
Dempsey took over Military Power of Pride for the high school two years ago. Every year, Power of Pride hosts a veteran’s breakfast, collects donations to send care packages to local overseas military members during the holiday season and awards scholarships to two most-improved students. The scholarships are provided by the Somers Point AMVETS.
For more information contact Dempsey at 609-653-0100 x1691 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.