Student Graduates Early to Serve Country

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The district Board of Education kicked off its January board meeting with high school senior Tariq Chavis leading the room in the Pledge of Allegiance. To his surprise, after the pledge, district administrators and board members honored Chavis, as he has completed all of his high school level requirements a semester early and will be graduating this month to enlist in the U.S. Army.

During his time at the Junior-Senior High School, he attended Nassau BOCES Joseph M. Barry Career & Technical Education Center to study criminal justice, served as co-captain of the football team, played lacrosse, participated on the cheer competition in 12th grade as a back spot, participated in Rock Rivalry and participated in the Mock Trial Club. Chavis was also a member of the Nassau County Police Explorers for two years and through the program participated in a number of community service activities. 

Based on his ASVAB score, Chavis had a plethora of jobs to choose from and has selected military police. While serving, Chavis plans on pursuing a college degree in criminal justice.

The district presented Chavis with his diploma, along with a graduation cap and tassel.

Superintendent of Schools Lisa Ruiz congratulated Chavis on behalf of the district and board members. “We are very proud of you. We wish you much success and our gratitude as you enlist in the U.S. Army to serve our country.”