A total of 23 military enlistees will graduate from Lakota West during commencement at Miami University’s Millett Hall at 1 p.m. Sunday. According to Lakota West principal Richard Hamilton, the high school typically has around 8-to-10 graduates enter the military every year.
“I am not sure exactly why (there is a big group this year). I think every class has a different personality and this class is very loyal,” Hamilton said. “When we introduced them at the last senior meeting, the entire class gave them a standing ovation and chanted, ‘USA!’
“We appreciate people who serve. It is one of the most significant things a person can do.”
Like his principal, Lakota West senior Jacob Calvert didn’t know why there is such a big group of students who wanted to serve.
“I don’t know why, but I am totally for it. I love that there is so many people,” said Calvert, who is joining the Marines and then planning to go to college so he can became an officer.Fellow senior Brittany Amrein, who plans to study physical therapy after she completes her basic training for the Air Force, chose to join the military for a number of reasons.
“I chose the Air Force because it is a family thing, my grandfather, my dad and my brothers were in the Air Force,” said Amrein, who couldn’t afford to go to college.
“The Air Force also seemed like something I need right now. I need the discipline and I want to experience what my family has already experienced. It just feels natural.”
Like Amrein, classmate Zach Brewer is following his family’s footsteps by joining the military.
“I just feel that with a lot of people, there is a calling,” said Brewer of the large Lakota West military class. “It is an honor to serve and a lot people feel the need to fulfill that feeling of serving and what it has to offer.”
Other members of the 2012 Lakota West graduating class include Adonis Alsay, Moustapha Diallo, Bria Hawkins, Kaylyne Smith-Krebs and Brennan Wood, all joining the Air Force; Dylan Bolin, Matt Horton, Max Johns and Austin Shofstall, all joining the Army; Nick Griffin, Robert Hunnicutt, Zach Kohs, Brian Langhorst, Brian Lantz, Evan Mann, Alfred Vargas, Nolan Wasilewsky and Juan Zarate, all joining the Marines; and Alexander Casto and Connor Seiple, who are both joining the Navy.