Commissioner Kane Celebrates Military Bound High School Seniors

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On Tuesday, Commissioner Melinda Kane joined military officials and community leaders for the 16th Annual Our Community Salutes of South Jersey High School Enlistee Ceremony to honor graduating high school seniors in Southern New Jersey who plan to enlist into the military immediately after high school graduation.


 Over 400 people were in attendance, including local, state, and national leaders.


The 2024 featured speakers included:

  • Command Sergeant Major Michele S. Jones
  • Brigadier General Christopher R. Amrhein


“These remarkable young people deserve to be honored for their selfless decision to serve their country,” said Commissioner Melinda Kane, Gold Star Mother and liaison to the Camden County Office of Veterans Affairs. “I am so proud to celebrate this next chapter in their lives and wish them nothing but the best as they embark on this journey.”


OCS was started in Camden County in 2009. Today, OCS chapters exist in over 23 states, with over 40 OCS ceremonies being conducted this spring.  Visit us at


The 2024 high school senior enlistees are as follows:

                   UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

                        Reginald Armstead                   Burlington County Institute of Technology

                        Logan Armstrong                     Cherry Hill High School East

                        Tyler Banger                            Gloucester City High School

                        Asher Brown                            Gloucester County Institute of Technology

                        Shelby Derilus                         Willingboro High School

                        Ethan Droge                             Triton Regional High School

                        Erin Duffy                               Shawnee High School

                        Angela Guevara                        Bridgeton High School

                        Joshua Herbert                         Gloucester City High School

                        Tyler Igus                                 Burlington County Institute of Technology

                        Demitrius Munn                       Deptford High School

                        Emani Searles                          Creative Arts High School

                        Yahsan Styles                          Cinnaminson High School

                        Esmeralda Torres                     Bridgeton High School

                   UNITED STATES ARMY

                        Anthony Armstrong                Cedar Creek High School

                        Erin Bell                                  Collingswood High School

                        Dylan Bergstrom                     Burlington County Institute of Tech, Westhampton

                        Connor Bevis                          Salem County Vocational Technical School

                        Kirkpatrick Boyle                   Absegami High School

                        Journey Carmichael                Absegami High School

                        Connor Clark                          Ocean City High School

                        Etevy Claudio Ruiz                 Pleasantville High School

                        Jadairus Dunham                    KIPP High School

                        Jacob Einstein                         Gloucester County Institute of Technology

                        Johnny Gerber                         Gloucester City High School

                        Julio Ginin                              Bordentown Regional High School

                        Jayda Givens                           Vineland High School

                        Joseph Handy, Jr.                    Cedar Creek High School

                        John Hartnett                          Clearview Regional High School

                        Israle Major                             Egg Harbor Township High School

                        Danny Martinez                      Bridgeton High School

                        Robert McDowell                   Gloucester City High School

                        Cristian Mendez Aguilar         Mastery High School of Camden

                        Brandon Ostrom                     Triton Regional High School

                        Elijah Pappa                            Vineland High School

                        Claudio Penate                        Pennsauken High School

                        Dream Polizzi                         Timber Creek Regional High School

                        Joseph Reganato                     Cherokee High School

                        Riley Sanchez                         Sterling High School

                        Ryan Syvertson                       Hammonton High School

                        Peter Szkotak                          Audubon High School

                        Luis Torres Chica                   Collingswood Senior High School

                        Lavonte Weeks                       Rancocas Valley Regional High School


                   Yamileth Reyes Aleman         Moorestown High School

                        Andrea Musick                        Pemberton Twp High School


                        Colby Carr                              Clayton High School

                        Skilyn Cooper                         Salem County Career and Technical High School

                        Philip Enriquez                       Rancocas Valley Regional

                        Edwin Guzman                       Haddon Township High School

                        Peter Kalvelage                       Trinity Preparatory School

                        Xavier Lopez                          Lenape High School

                        Davanti Maldonado                Pennsauken High School

                        Monica Nguyen                      Pennsauken High School

                        Abraham Nicini                      Triton High School

                        Tori Penon                              Pemberton Township High School

                        Darien Stuart                          Burlington City High School

                        Rey Velez                               Mastery High School


                   Elvanie Tamwo                       Lenape High School


                      Walter Bolanos Lopez                        Vineland High School

                        Alondra Carlos                        Sterling High School

                        MJ Casanova                           Cape May Technical Schools

                        Maria Castillo                         Pennsauken High School

                        Chris Ciolorito                        Rancocas Valley Regional High School

                        Patrick Daly                            Palmyra High School

                        Ralph Deloatch, III                 Camden County Technical Schools, GTC

                        Peter Duran                             Egg Harbor Township High School

                        Christie Fabien                        Pennsauken High School

                        Alexa Figueroa Mercado        Cumberland County Technical Education Center

                        Gavin Ford                              Gateway Regional High School

                        Tavon Hall                              Vineland High School

                        Jonathan Hess                         Schalick High School

                        Robert Johnson                       Kingsway Regional High School

                        Timofej Johnson                     Cumberland County Technical Education Center

                        Michael Kaganzev                  Vineland High School

                        Daniel Kellem                         Highland Regional High School

                        Lessly Lafuente                      Eastern Regional High School

                        Alessandro Lascaro                 Shawnee Highschool

                        Daniel Link                             Pleasantville High School

                        Nathaniel Lugo                       Vineland High School

                        Ruben Lugo                            Vineland High School

                        Randall Marrero                      Williamstown High School

                        Christian McCormick             Cumberland County Technical Education Center

                        Blaze Monks                           Egg Harbor Township High School

                        Diego Nunez                           Eastside High School

                        Elias Olivo                              Highland Regional High School

                        Devansh Patel                         Burlington Twp. High School

                        Naomy Perez Montano           Camden County Technical Schools, GTC

                        Patrick Saenz                          Shawnee High School

                        Gavin Theisen                         Williamstown High School

                        Brandon Turkaly                     Cape May County Technical High School

                        Brina Velasquez-Flores           Pleasantville High School

                        Angel Velazquez-Ortiz           Atlantic City High School


                        Jeremy Jimenez                       Salem High School

                        Grangé Moncion                     Riverside High School

                        Jonathan Weiss, Jr.                 Lower Cape May Regional High School

                        Izabella Zubczynski                Cherry Hill High School West

                   UNITED STATES NAVY

                        Aidan Ford                              Gateway Regional High School

                        Aldair Victoria Galindo          Bridgeton High School

                        Alexander Martinez                Cumberland Christian School

                        Cristhian Martin Lopez           Bridgeton High School

                        Rodrigo Rojas Merida            Bridgeton High School

                        Joseph Zaccaria                       Mastery Charter High School, Thomas Campus