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SCTHS Honors Veterans

Veterans Program Student with Veteran Grandfather

Photo by Susan Passmore


Mason Garcia, SCTHS student, poses with his grandfather Mike Garcia, retired U.S. Marine Corps, after enjoying lunch and viewing the video created from interviews with veterans.




Veterans Program Group Photo

Photo by Susan Passmore


Military veterans and dual credit English students at Stuart Career Tech High School enjoy a celebration and a viewing of the video that was the result of a Veterans History Project.


SCTHS Project Honors Veterans


By: Susan Passmore


Several veterans shared their military service experiences with Debbie King’s dual credit English classes at Stuart Career Tech High School for a recent Veterans History Project. The transcripts and videos will be sent to the Library of Congress and maintained in the American Folklife Center.


Ric Morris and his Audio/Video Production classes created a video from the interviews, and the participants were invited to enjoy a steak lunch and dessert, prepared and served by students in the SCTHS Culinary Arts program, under the supervision of Rex Miller, Chef Tina Andrade, and Chef Kylie Sobczak.


After lunch, guests viewed the video created in their honor. There were a few emotional moments as veterans and their family members heard the stories of heartwarming as well as tough experiences.


“I’m incredibly proud of those kids,” said King. “They really stepped up. This is the first time we’ve done a collaborative service learning project, working with Audio/Video Production classes and Culinary Arts.”


SCTHS students who participated in the interviews were Nik Arroyo, Jon’Rylan Bohannon, Miguel Cruz, Armando Garcia, Mason Garcia, Jose Gonzalez, Anthony Lazo, Octavio Leon, Elijah Martinez, Felix Martinez, Adam Ovalle, Rick Reyes, Baylee Rodriguez, Brian Serna, Christian Stogsdill, Daniel Torres and Josh Tovar.


Honored veterans were Erik Aguilera, Macia Aguilera, Robert Boice, Robert Carrizales, Mark Chapman, Conrad Garcia, Charles Hill, Chris Lilley, Resendo Lopez, Rex Miller, Joe Montemayor, Robert Morgan, Ernest “Ernie” Roder, Richard Romolo, John Saenz, Harold Sams, Rebecca Silva, Greg Thomas and Gilbert Trevino.


“The goal of the Library of Congress is to record the stories of every veteran who served active duty in any conflict,” King said. “This has been a significant project for the kids as they created oral histories.”


Ernie Roder, SCTHS principal Cap Roder’s father, was in attendance, having served in the U. S. Navy from 1967-70. Retired Army Col. Harold Sams saw the world in his 31 years of service.


“I’m proud to be in the military and prouder of the effect it had on myself, personally, and my family,” Sams said. Daniel Torres interviewed retired Army veteran Charles Hill, who served in Vietnam from 1966-1968, and found it to be a learning experience.


“What I didn’t know is how they were treated when they came back,” Torres said.


The celebration of veterans was a tribute to these men and women, but the message to everyone came shining through.


“There is no greater honor than to serve the country,” said Rex Miller, Army veteran.


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