Mason Honors Students’ Commitment

Mason Honors Students’ Commitment to Serving Country in Blue Star Ceremony
Posted on 05/25/2018

Mason Honors Students’ Commitment to Serving Country in Blue Star Ceremony​Twelve members of the William Mason High School Class of 2018 were honored for their decision to serve their country during a Blue Star Ceremony in the school’s auditorium on May 14.
"We are so proud of each one of you," shared Dr. Gail Kist-Kline, superintendent during her opening remarks to the students and their families and classmates.  “Thank you, on behalf of everyone here, for your dedication, commitment and willingness to serve your country to protect our freedoms."
Students honored at the ceremony included: Alexander Amaya (West Point Academy), Adrianna Bennett (Marine Corps), Kent Cooper (ROTC at Citadel), Andrew Drabek (Marine Corps Reserves), Hailey Himmel (Coast Guard), Christian Hutchison (Naval Academy), Chris Jedding (ROTC at Lourdes University), Brian Karl (ROTC at George Washington University), Anna Owens (Army Reserves), Joseph Sheedy (Marine Corps), Nickolas Wead (ROTC at The Ohio State University), and Blake William (Army).

The school's choir sang a moving a capella rendition of The National Anthem, and members of the American Legion Post 194 presented the flags. MHS Assistant Principal ​Amy Hull introduced each senior and recognized the students' branches of service.  District Attendance Officer Rick Huff shared closing remarks and a blessing.
“Today during this Blue Star ceremony, we pay tribute to all those who have gone before us, and it here that we pass freedom’s torch to a new generation of heroes. This group of courageous young men and women will be entrusted with the future and legacy of the United States of America. Today we say thank you for choosing the path of honor, sacrifice, courage and service. We will pray that God brings you back to us, and should you not come back to us, we trust that you will be safe with Him until we meet again,” said Huff. Following the ceremony, Mason City Schools Board of Education members, along with MHS faculty, administration, students and families, had the opportunity to meet the 12​​ seniors, shake their hands, and offer their thanks.

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