City of Manchester, School District to honor graduates going into the military in 2007

MANCHESTER (June 20, 2007) – Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta, Manchester School District Superintendent Michael Ludwell and members of the Manchester Boards of School Committee and Alderman will be on hand to honor Manchester high school graduates who have enlisted in the United States military. This event will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2007, in the City Hall Aldermanic Chambers, One City Hall Plaza, Manchester.

"It is an honor that I, and other city and school officials, will have the opportunity to acknowledge and support the commitment Manchester students are making to the country," Mayor Guinta said. "Our country’s existence is based on a strong volunteer military, and it is important that we recognize those that are doing their part to strengthen America."

The event will include songs, readings from various literary pieces, and certificates to commemorate the service of these graduates.

"The district feels that having a ceremony separate and apart from graduation to honor students who will be serving in the armed forces is an appropriate way to highlight their sacrifice and service," Superintendent Ludwell said.

2007 graduates who will be entering the military this year:

Central High School
Joseph Arbo
Kyle Bigue
Zachary Conaway
Damien Ford
Chelcie George
Evan Kersting
Cristina Morin
Jamie Petrello
Peter Severance
Memorial High School
Megan Croto
April Driesse
Tim Finch
Kevin Goulson
David Harnum
Robert Makris
Amanda Paquette
Shazreena Salimi
Timothy Searles
West High School
Matthew Belanger
Kyle Bibens
Michael Chaplin
Paul Goudreau
Corey Gowen
Yuma Haidara
Kelly Joyce
Kyle Morgan
Jessica Pellerin
John Pinard
Kayley Smith
David Soucy
Mark Velez
Robert Yell