Madyson Edgar, Reporter
Military Recruitment Ceremony Honors Enlisted Seniors
May 24, 2019
Seniors Kaleb Hess, Drayton Blow, Dylan Kannan, Elysse Butler, Kevin Wylie and Kyle Johnson were honored during a Military Recruitment Ceremony on May 16 during academic period.
“I have seen this ceremony done at other schools,” Principal Joey McQueen said. “I felt like our students going into the military deserved the same recognition.”
This is the first time Lampasas High School has had a Military Recruitment Ceremony to recognize seniors joining the military after high school.
“The most special part of the ceremony, in my opinion, was knowing that these students were being recognized for serving our country,” McQueen said. “Another rewarding aspect was that we had other students, diplomats, recruiters, parents and veterans all attending the ceremony.”
Two students signed into the Navy and five students signed into the Army.
“The ceremony made me feel accomplished and made me feel like I did something really important,” Dylan Kannan said. “The special part would have to be the fact that everyone who enlisted got recognized. That was really cool, and we all got to share that moment together.”
Kannan enlisted in the Army.
“I decided to enlist because it’s something I’ve always had a passion for and I wanted to join since I was very young,” he said. “I am most excited to travel the world and see all of the different cultures.”
Counselor Christine Byrd and Mcqueen coordinated the ceremony.
“I’ve always wanted to serve the country,” Kaleb Hess said. “I was raised in a patriotic home and it gave me the need to serve the people of America. I’m also excited to travel and see different parts of the world; I chose the Navy specifically because I’ll always be on a beach or a boat!”
Students, teachers, family members and others from the community were invited to attend.
“The ceremony made me feel sad but at the same time it was amazing due to the fact that my closest friends were there with me,” Hess said. “My favorite part of the ceremony was getting the Texas flag. I don’t know why, but my stomach just dropped. The moment was surreal.”