Seniors Jacob Smetana, left, and Gage Greer of Berkshire High School are surrounded by their families, friends, administrators and other dignitaries as they both sign their intent to serve their country in the United States Marine Corps.

Doug DeLong 440- 834-3380

Seniors honored for intent to serve

Berkshire High School seniors Jacob Smetana and Gage Greer made official their intent to serve their country at a memorable signing ceremony. Both Jacob and Gage have declared their intent to join the United States Marine Corps upon graduation.

Principal Michael King, who led the signing ceremony, was joined by representatives from the offices of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and U.S. Rep. David Joyce, R-Bainbridge.

State Sen. John Eklund, R-Munson, accompanied Geauga County Commissioner and Berkshire alumnus Jim Dvorak in making personal congratulatory remarks to the high school seniors. School Board President James Boyd, a member of the Air Force National Guard and combat veteran, praised Jacob and Gage for their willingness to serve their country along with Staff Sergeant Miguel Tavarez, Jr., who recruited the two young men. In a fitting tribute as to what it truly means to be a Marine, representatives from American Legion Post 459, who were Marines as well, shared words of wisdom to prepare Jacob and Gage for their coming pursuits.

The Berkshire Local Schools congratulates and expresses the gratitude of the entire district to Jacob and Gage for making the sacrifice to proudly serve the United States of America.

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