Lakeview holds auxiliary graduation for students joining the United States Air Force

Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School hosted an auxiliary graduation on June 8th for two students of the class of 2020, who are departing for military service within the next two weeks. Zack Favela and Ethan Nelson are 4 year members of Lakeview’s Air Force Junior ROTC and have joined the United States Air Force. Cadet Nelson will train as a Security Forces Specialist and Cadet Favela will train as an Unmanned Aerospace Systems Sensor Operator.

Cadet Nelson graduates with Work Keys Certification. His most recent cadet positon was the special assistant to the Aerospace Science Instructor, for Logistics Management, and previously served as Commander of the Marksmanship Team, and a member of the POW/MIA Team. He earned 30 unit level ribbons and 2 national medals as a cadet. Cadet Nelson also participated in 26 school/community service events, performed 98 hours of school/community service, 74 hours of Leadership Development Requirements and led 5 local parades as part of the Color Guard Team. He has also been a member of FFA and Beta Club.

Cadet Favela graduates Cum Laude and Work Keys Certification. His most recent cadet position was Cadet Group Commander. He previously served as the Cadet Support Squadron Commander, Drill Team Commander, and the POW/MIA Team Commander. He earned 66 unit level ribbons and 3 national medals as a cadet. Cadet Favela participated in 63 school/community service events, performed 232 school/community service hours, 157 hours of Leadership Development Requirements and 36 color guard events. He also Commanded 10 drill competitions, earning at least one trophy in each meet, and 23 trophies overall. He supervised and led 4 curriculum in action overnight trips for junior cadets. He also held officer positions in FFA and has participated in Literary Rally.

PHOTO: Natchitoches Parish School Board Members and Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School Administration conducted an auxiliary graduation for two students leaving for military service. Pictured from left are Mr. Eugene Garner (Natchitoches Parish School Board Member), Mr. Grant Eloi (Superintendent, Natchitoches Parish School Board), Cadet Zack Favela, Cadet Ethan Nelson, Mr. Williams Hymes (Principal, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School), Mrs. Sarah Blanchard (Senior Class Sponsor and Graduation Coordinator), and Pastor Steven Harrish (Natchitoches Parish School Board Member).

PHOTO: Two Air Force Junior ROTC Cadet Awards were presented during Lakeview’s Auxiliary Graduation on June 8th. Cadet Major Favela was awarded the Air Force Association Award for demonstrated characteristics contributing to leadership and future values in positions of responsibility such as positive attitude, personal appearance, courtesy and growth potential. Cadet First Lieutenant Ethan Nelson was awarded the Reserve Officers Association Award for his military and academic achievement, positive attitude, outstanding personal appearance, and courtesies. Pictured from left are Major (Ret) Bob Kellogg (Lakeview’s Air Force JROTC Senior Aerospace Science Instructor), Cadet Zack Favela, Cadet Ethan Nelson, and Chief Master Sergeant (Ret) John Thomas (Lakeview’s Air Force JROTC Aerospace Science Instuctor).