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Recognize alumni who served in the armed forces at Wayne County High School

Military Alumni Hallway

Students could not help but notice some alterations to the hallways this school season at the Wayne County High School. Besides the familiar student work, college signage, club advertisements, and ACT All Star student photos displayed on the walls – now something new stands out.

Four wooden boards displaying the various armed forces’ seals can be found near the attendance clerk office first floor hallway. The idea of the attractive signage is to recognize Wayne County High School alumni who are currently or who have served in the military. Currently, the US Army sign is in the lead with the following names listed: Roger Troxell-1980, Stewart York-1988, Dakota Barrier-2013, Braxton Coffey-2017, Matthew Dalton-2018, Dalton Julius-2018, William P. Castle-1965, and Donald C. Pyles-1967. The Marines are second with Matthew Neal-2011, Trinity Morris-2012, and Dakotah Raines-2015 already on the board. The Navy board is represented by Kyle Hicks-2016, so far.  

“We really want to recognize our alumni who served our country,” said Wayne County High School Principal Justin Alley. Transition Readiness is a major focus at the high school level and the military provides students with a viable option for postgraduate achievement.

“We want to honor all the former Wayne County and Monticello graduates who served in our nation’s armed forces. I’m excited to see these boards fill up with names of past graduates,” said Alley. “We appreciate our military so much and are happy to implement this small token of recognition.” 

“We want the community to be involved in this.  There is no way we could go back and get every graduate who joined a branch of the military, so we are not going to attempt that.  We are giving everyone the opportunity to recognize a friend, family member, loved one, someone they know, or even their self that is a WCHS/MHS graduate that joined the military.”

“The aim here is to honor graduates; however, we realize some may have dropped out of school for the sole purpose of joining the military in wartime.  If that is the case, we certainly want to honor those folks as well.  They should have the year they would have graduated on their tag.”

Sloan’s Trophies and Awards is the official provider of the nametags that will go on the boards.  Stop by their store on Main Street (near City Hall) and let them know the graduate’s name, year of graduation, and what branch of the military they serve(d).  Sloan’s will then deliver the tag to the school and it will be applied to the appropriate board.

Not only is there a military board, but there is also a Transition Ready board for the current Senior Class of 2018 in the foyer hallway. It is already filled with many names of students, with room left for more.

Transition Ready has replaced the label Career and College Readiness in education terminology. Seniors will be updating the board with their names this school year as they reach everything from ACT benchmarks to dual credit standards to advanced placement scores in the Academic Readiness category. Within the Career Readiness category, students can become Transition Ready by scoring high on the end-of-program assessment or meeting benchmarks on industry certifications or completing an approved apprenticeship.

“We are anxious to recognize our students as they attain Transition Readiness because it is a high bar to reach near the conclusion of their public education,” explained Alley. “It shows the level of seriousness they have taken with their studies in their various pathways during their high school years. It is an indication of how prepared they are for their next step after graduation; whether they decide to attend college, focus on specialized training or join the work force.”   


See more information about transition readiness


Plaques for the Air Force and U.S. Army


Plaques for the Marine Corps and Navy

justin alley

Principal Justin Alley places a tag honoring his cousin, Roger Troxell, WCHS class of 1980, Army on a board.

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Transportation Director Don Neal participated by placing a tag honoring his son, Matthew Neal, Marines, WCHS Class of 2011.


Nameplate for Matthew Neal


Nameplate for Roger Troxell


 A tag honoring Director of Pupil Personnel, Stewart York, WCHS Class of 1988, Army National Guard was added along with Roger Troxell's

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