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 15th 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. These seniors represent just 1% of all high school graduates.


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


The 2023 featured speakers included:

  • Command Sergeant Major Michele S. Jones
  • Medal of Honor Recipient Colonel Jack Jacob Jacobs
  • Rear Admiral Alexis “Lex” Walker, Navy
  • Major General William J. Bowers, Marines


“These remarkable young people are making a commitment to defend their country and our freedom which deserves to be honored,” Kane said. “This is a decision that so few people make and it’s imperative that our community supports them as they begin this new chapter of their lives.”


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


Enlistees from Burlington, Camden, Gloucester & Salem Counties in New Jersey:


Mallick Cohen                       Burlington County Institute of Technology

Jade Gibson                           Camden County Technical Schools, Gloucester Township Campus

Ethan Jones                            Burlington County Institute of Technology

Joseph Labrosciano               Williamstown High School

Johnathan Morris                   Northern Burlington County Regional High School

Jonathan Glen Phillips           Shawnee High School

Keith Ross                             Sterling High School

Chloe Stephenson                  Collingswood High School

Thomas Swanson                  Triton Regional High School

Parthiv Valmikam                  Northern Burlington County Regional High School  


Trevor Bitter                          Burlington County Institute of Technology

Michael Bluford                    Clayton High School

William Borneo-Farmer        Lenape High School

Jade Brill                                Penns Grove High School

Donavan Campbell                Timber Creek

Madison Carr                         Cherry Hill East

Adam Dillard                         Gloucester County Institute of Technology

Bryce Fox                              Deptford Township High School

Jovani Jacob                          Burlington County Institute of Technology

Francis M Jr. Kargbo             Burlington City High School

Daiana Melendez                   Williamstown High School

Isaiah Roberts                        Cherokee High School

Josef Robinson                      Highland High School

Jaden Roldan                         Cherry Hill East High School             

Geovanni Sierra                     Mastery High School of Camden

Ciara Singleton                      Lenape High School

Brian Valentin-Quiles            Pennsauken

Chyianah Wilcox                   The Kings Christian Academy


Scarlet Cabrera Mateo          Gloucester Catholic High School

Ivan Cornelious                     Salem High School

Eric Evans                             Washington Township High School

Christian Ferreira                  Delran High School

Victoria Fries                        Eastern Regional High School

Bobby Hatterer                     Gloucester City High School

Na’Cyer Jackson                   Salem County Vocational Technical School

Pedro Matos Ojeda               Penns Grove High School

Patrick Norris                        Kingsway Regional High School

Aidan Orourke                      Seneca High School

Iyakiel Polanco                     Pennsauken High School

Ryan Pulaski                         Triton Regional High School

Brianna Razo                        Highland Regional High School


Lam Nguyen                         Glassboro High School


Emilio Aquino Lopez            Hammonton High School

Mario Benitez Martinez         Vineland High School

Ayden Brown                        Salem County Vocational Technical School

Allen Cannizzaro                   Morristown High School

Noah Clemens                       Cape May Technical High School

Trent Doughty                       Gloucester Catholic High School

Connor Dudley                      Eastern Regional High School

Christopher Flannery             Accellus Academy

Aiden Ford                            Kingsway Regional High School

Travis Gandy                         Millville High School

Averill Goldsmith                  Williamstown High School

Ethan Hicken                         Highland Regional High School

Jacob Hitchner                       Cumberland Regional High School

Justin Howe                           Highland Regional High School

Daniel Hulmes                       Washington Township High School

Alexzander Lewis                  Clearview Regional High School

Allahja Loewy                       Cherry Hill West High School

Jose Lopez                             Bridgeton High School

Xavier Lowers-Gonzalez       Vineland High School

Kevin Merritt                         Arthur P. Schalick High School

Charles Moser                        West Deptford High School

Colin Olszewski                    Wissahickon High School

Dillon Prim                            Audubon High School

Jesus Reyes                            Gloucester Catholic High School

Daniel Rivas                          Haddon Heights High School

Andrew Rogers                      Haddon Heights High School

Luz Roman                            Vineland High School

Everton Sosa                          Northern Burlington County Regional High School

Stan Swope                            Atlantic County Institute of Technology

Nasir Thomas                         Atlantic County Institute of Technology

Giovanna Viera                      Winslow Township High School           


Shawn Amann                       Sterling High School

Austin Forrester                     Palmyra High School

Harry Hsieh                           Absegami High School

Harley O’Brien                      Lower Cape May Regional High School

Kevin Ortiz Gonzalez            Egg Harbor Township High School

Brandon Walsh                      Triton Regional High School

Kyle Yeager. Jr.                     Seneca High School


Gabrielle Dunfee                  Cumberland Regional High School

Landon Gilcher                     Delsea Regional High School

Keisy Gonzalezjr                   Pennsauken High School

Jackson Hufty                       Delsea Regional High School

James Kline-Daley                Cherokee High School

Madison Lawler                    Washington Township High School

Gavin Moran                         Gloucester County Institute of Technology

Nichole Quick                       Pennsauken High School

Destiny Robinson                  Eastern Regional High School

Juan Wilson                           Burlington County Institute of Technology, Medford Campus



Reese Holms                          Highland Regional High School