Carbondale Area High School held a Veterans Day assembly on Nov. 7 to honor and salute veterans. Social Studies Department Chairman Thomas Mauro was the chairman for the program.
Boy Scouts Jonathan Marder and Josh Berg participated by presenting the colors. The CAHS Marching Band, under the direction of Megan Hulse, performed “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Students Emma Jones, Madison Cost, Madison Matthews, Rogemarie Navarrete, Vanessa Sawyer, Abbie Washeleski, Lisa Blanchards, Era Nasufi, Olivia Manarchuck, McKinley Borders, Aniela Connolly, Zoe Connolly, Cora Heenan, Jasmine Rogers, Cora Heenan, Madison Mushensky, Michaela McLaughlin and Taylor Emiliani performed narratives along with musical selections.
The guest speaker was Sergeant First Class Sandra Rogers who is also the mother of Jasmine Rogers, a senior at CAHS. Sandra Rogers spoke about their lives in the military while Jasmine was growing up, citing many advantages and struggles they faced through the years.
Senior Emma Jones, the narrator, said the assembly was educational and successful.
“I believe the Veterans Day assembly is a great way to inform students about the importance of this day,” said Jones. “A lot of hard work was put into this event by my fellow classmates. Listening to the very personal stories from Jasmine and her mom as well as personal narratives from fellow students Cora Heenan and Zoe Connolly made us more sensitive to what our soldiers went through in order to serve our country. The result was beautiful, and we were very happy with how it turned out and the way we honored our veterans.”
A slideshow presentation created by Declan Caviston accompanied all speeches and songs.
Principal Joseph W. Farrell ended the program with his own remarks and regards to veterans.