SCDE salutes students with military future

Eight Lee Central High School (LCHS) students were among more than 1,500 high school seniors recognized by S.C. State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman recently for making a future commitment to the U.S. Military or to a military academy. The statewide Military Honor Cord Ceremony was held in the Richland School District Two auditorium in Columbia, S.C.


This is the fourth year the South Carolina Department of Education has honored high school seniors who are actively involved in their schools’ ROTC programs who commit to serve after graduation with red, white and blue graduation honor cords.


LCHS students who participated in the ceremony were: Desiree Holmes (Army National Guard); Tyler Marcus (Army); Nyasia McQuillar (Army Reserves); Lakiya Mickel (Army Reserves); Hysaun Peeples (Army National Guard); and Nykeema Williams (Army Reserves). The two LCHS students who were unable to attend the ceremony were Christopher Boykin (Army) and Ahmondre Hickmon (Army National Guard).


The students are scheduled to attend Recruit Basic Training (Boot Camp) this summer after graduation for six to 13 weeks, depending on the branch of service.


“This is a major accomplishment for these students as they are about to join the military family and support our country,” says Retired U.S. Army Major, who is LCHS’s Senior JROTC Instructor Juan Cobbs. “Also, this is an accomplishment for our school, as this shows our growth in numbers at these events, and that we are developing effective leaders who are worthy to be honored.”


This year’s military and military school enlistees from LCHS has increased from last year’s five.


 Photo submitted. (L-R:) Marcus, Peeples, Holmes, Williams, Mickel, and McQuillar