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Metea Valley hosted its annual Veterans Day Assembly on Friday. The assembly was attended by the entire student body and staff. Key events were musical performances by Chamber Strings, Wind Ensemble, and Varsity Singers and veteran speakers.

Language Arts teacher and former marine Rob Tesmond spoke about his time in the Marine Corps. “What I accomplished was growing up. I was transformed from a 17-year-old boy to a 25-year-old man with a wife and two children,” Tesmond said. “I learned that is is possible to reject the easy path of judging others for their failures, and instead see them for who they can be.”

Sergeant Alan Reyes, Army veteran, member of Illinois National Guard, and husband of Dean Jennifer Reyes, spoke about his experiences. “I remember seeing [my uncle] board the plane in his Class A uniform and knew what I wanted to do.”

Students who enlisted in the United States Armed Forces were also recognized. The following students were recognized: Mayra Rebecca Solis, Navy; Erin Williams, Army; Brianna Wong, Army Reserves; Deysi Paniagua, Illinois National Guard; Brian Casarez, Illinois National Guard; Daniel Piest, Marines.

In addition to the assembly, Metea celebrated Veterans Day by hosting a UH-60L Blackhawk helicopter.  It is used by the military in air assault, air cavalry, airlift, and aeromedical evacuation. The Blackhawk was open for classes to explore throughout the day.

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One Response to “Veterans Day Assembly honors veterans and future service members”

  1. killian kenny on November 15th, 2018 8:07 am

    As someone who plans on joining the armed forces when I get out of here, I find it amazing how this school honors the Veterans and those who are actively serving.

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