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Copperas Cove HS graduates honored by Our Community Salutes

Posted at 10:25 AM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 11:25:07-04

Over 40 2020 graduates from Copperas Cove High School got the chance to walk across the stage a second time, but this time it wasn’t for graduating high school.

Donovon Blow was one of over 40 students that was honored for their commitment to join the armed forces after graduation.

They were honored by the Our Community Salutes organization and presented with a coin by the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army Jean Shine for their bravery.

Donovon is heading to the West Point with hopes of growing into a great leader in the future.

“I think at west point, being able to be taught by some of the greatest leaders around the country, it will help me nold into the leader and person that I want to be. In the military and in life,” said Blow.

Donovon will be the next in a family line of generations serving in the U.S. armed forces.

He says he chose west point for the experience and the opportunities it can provide for his future.

Jerome Gaillard was one of over 40 students that was honored for their commitment to join the armed forces after graduation.

They were honored by the Our Community Salutes organization and presented with a coin by the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army Jean Shine for their bravery.

Jerome is heading to the Airforce Academy on a football scholarship and couldn’t be prouder to follow his parents in serving the nation.

“My mom, my dad, well both dads and they’re all retired now. My mom served 20, my stepdad served 25, and my dad served 22,” said Gaillard.

Jerome plans to pursue a career in cyber security while at the air force academy but he hasn’t decided if he is going to full career in the military.