Dec. 16, 2016
Hilton High School honors Veterans
Hilton High School held its first ceremony in November to
honor area veterans. “In discussing what was done to honor
veterans, we realized that there was currently not an
assembly at the High School to honor and discuss the importance of Veterans,”
said Jake Warner, social studies teacher, who organized the
event with Kim Saxton, also a social studies teacher.
“Community is an important part of our school’s mission and
this seemed like a great way to have students interact with
the very people who have served and protected them.”
Brad Helmer, technology teacher, who served in the U.S. Army
from 1987-1991 and in the Army Reserves from 1991-2008,
talked to students about the importance of the community
supporting vets when they return home. “People ask, ‘What
can I do?’ Always start with your local groups – the
Veterans’ Outreach Center, VFW, American Legion – that is
where you can make the biggest impact,” he said. “Also,
saying thank you when you meet a veteran – it touches us
Kali Rose Stich, a senior, spoke about the pride she has for
her stepfather, who served in the Marine Corps. “The time he
served made him a better person and a better dad,” she said.
Joe Callery, also a senior, used the symbolism of red, white
and blue to talk about the courage, purity of heart and
honor displayed by veterans.
“Thank you for your dedication and selfless passion for
protecting our great country,” said Senior Vincent Mantisi.
Senior Emily Mullen, whose family has a long history of
serving in the armed forces, talked about her personal
experience as the daughter of a veteran. “To a child of a
soldier, a deployment is one more night without a loved one
– missed birthdays, first words, first steps that can never
be repeated,” she said.
Also on hand was Sgt. Tonya Pearson, Army recruiter, who
told the audience to live their lives and be good Americans
so that vets know their service was not in vain. “Take
advantage of all the rights that our vets have defended,”
Nineteen veterans and their families were in attendance and
stayed afterwards to be photographed.
Merton Williams Middle School Teacher Pamela Tenny has
organized a Veterans' Day ceremony to recognize local
veterans for many years. The ceremony involves students from
Merton Williams, Quest Elementary School and Village