While many District 196 high school seniors are preparing for post-secondary education or entering the workforce, 53 graduates are readying for their careers in the military. During ceremonies in May held at all four, four-year high schools, friends and families honored the commitment these students made to join the Army, Marines, Air Force and Navy.
Members from local American Legion posts attended and spoke at the events, as well as current and former District 196 students who are in the military. Below are the students entering the armed forces and their assignments.
Apple Valley High School
Jayline Hernandez Benitez(Army); Blaise Cloutier(Marines); Kierra Gregg(Army National Guard), and Flor Samano(Marines).
Eagan High School
Elise Cook(Army); Cody Kottke (Army); Joseph Krueger (Marines), and Thane Stejskal (Marines).
Eastview High School
Alex Burdi (Army National Guard); Tess Dickey (Air Force Reserves); Abigail Feist (Air National Guard); James Goetz (Marines); Kirana Gunawan (Army National Guard); Mark Hallamark (Air Force); Logan Huston (Army); Gifty Jijo (Navy), Joe Kienzle (Marines); Ji Lee (Marines); Josh Lesch (Army); Garrett Lilly (Marines); Karen Macario-Gazga (Marines); Preston Peterson (Army National Guard); Andrew Plucker (Navy ROTC, University of Nebraska-Lincoln); Eric Reimann (U.S. Naval Academy); Zachary Selchow (Army ROTC-St. John’s University); Nick Senecal (Air National Guard); Peter Swanson (Army National Guard); Arturo Velez-Sandoval (Army Reserve), and Alec Young (Air National Guard).
Rosemount High School
Benjamin Adams(Army National Guard); Jeremiah Bailly(Marines); Owen Benson(Navy ROTC); Daniel Bleicher(Navy);Daniel Cox(Air Force ROTC); KrystinDaily(Navy); NoahFandrick(Army National Guard); Dalton Hogan(Army National Guard); Zoe Holland(Army National Guard); Nathanial Homberg(Army National Guard); Mathew Kaus(Army National Guard); Sawyer Kearns(Navy); Caitlyn Martin(Army Reserves); Riley Martinson(Navy); Tanis Marzitelli(Marines); Nikko Murray(Army National Guard); Leyden Escobedo Ramos(Army National Guard); Brandon Ratsamy(Army National Guard); Cameron Rust(Army National Guard); Skylar Smith(Marines); Isaac Tuttle(Army National Guard); Nicholas Veness(Army ROTC); Mitchell Wagner(Air Force), and Devin Wyatt(Army National Guard).