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County honors 35 high school seniors as future members of the military

(Sewell, NJ) On Thursday, May 2, the Gloucester County Board of Freeholders held their seventh annual Enlistee Recognition Ceremony at Bogey's Club and Cafe’ honoring 35 high school seniors from across the county that have chosen to enlist in the U.S. Military after graduation. 

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, "We cannot thank these students enough for their dedication and bravery. These students have taken on the decision to defend their country and this ceremony gives us a chance to thank them and send them off knowing their choice is appreciated."

Freeholder Dan Christy, Liaison to the office of Veteran Affairs said, “We wanted to celebrate and recognize these students for their selfless decision to enter the military and protect our freedom and way of life.”

So many high school seniors are recognized when they choose to attend a certain college or university.  We wanted to make sure that those students who chose to enter the military were also celebrated and recognized.”

During the ceremony, students were paired and seated with veterans from the community and during the dinner, each student was the recipient of an award from a representative of their branch of the military.  

Christy said, “By pairing students with our local veterans, we wanted them to have a chance to connect with those who have been in a position similar to their own. It is a great opportunity to have any questions they may have be answered.”

Enlistees:

UNITED STATES NAVY
Humphrey Foard, Pitman High school
Caeden Johnson, Washington Township High School
River Pinardo, Washington Township High School
Eric Reeves, Gateway Regional High School
Michael Sarmiento, Gloucester County Institute of Technology
Matthew Sulzbach, Gloucester County Institute of Technology 

NJ ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
Matthew Dean, Washington Township High School
Sasha Dinn, Kingsway Regional High School
Anthony Innella, Williamstown High School
Amber Montesinos, Gloucester County Institute of Technology
Brianna Olsen, Gloucester County Institute of Technology
Jamal Spruill, Williamstown High School
Joseph Wozniak, Washington Township High School  

UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
Makye Sawyer-Smith, West Deptford High School
Kayla Valentin, Deptford High School

UNITED STATES ARMY
Kyle Eller, Williamstown High School
Matthew Fasano, Williamstown High School
Gerald Gutierrez Marquez, Woodbury High School
Matthew Owens, Kingsway Regional High School 

UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
Yael Alvarez, Deptford High School
Diana Betetabautista, Glassboro High School
William Colon, Deptford High School
Christopher Cori, West Deptford High School
Brian Cucunato, Clearview High School
John Grimley, Delsea Regional High School
Blaine Lombardo, Gateway Regional High School
Sergio Melchor, Williamstown High School
Tyler Merryfield, Kingsway Regional High School
Manuel Quinones, West Deptford High School
Joseph Redrow, West Deptford High School
Engel Rivera-Torres, Delsea Regional High School
Brandon Serano, West Deptford High School
Ryan Smith, Deptford High School
Tyler Sylvester, Paulsboro High School
Aaron Wajid, Deptford High School

Pictured: Freeholder Heather Simmons, Freeholder, Dan Christy, United States Army Enlistee Matthew Owens from Kingsway Regional High School, and Freeholder Jim Jefferson 
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