BHS students entering military recognized by Burnsville Yellow Ribbon group

Six of the 13 Burnsville High School students who are entering the military pose for a picture with members of the Burnsville City Council, Burnsville Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, and representatives from the city of Savage, city of Burnsville and Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District, U.S. Marine Auxiliary, Burnsville VFW, and U.S. Marine Recruiting Office. Photo courtesy of the city of Burnsville.

Burnsville Beyond the Yellow Ribbon recognized Burnsville High School seniors June 6 who have made military commitments during a Burnsville City Council meeting and at a reception at the Dan Patch American Legion in Savage.

Thirteen students from Burnsville, Eagan and Savage have made commitments – four to the U.S. Marine Corps and nine to the Minnesota Army National Guard.

They include, entering the U.S. Marines: Jason Chappell, Burnsville, William Hajduch, Savage; Jeckson Hernandez Diaz, Burnsville; and Dawson Skavnak, Burnsville; and entering the Minnesota Army National Guard: Alexander Garlington, Burnsville; Shane Kerwin, Savage; Jackson Grey, Savage; Kiera Wilson, Burnsville; Jared Shearer, Savage; Jean Lain, Burnsville; Malacai Bailey, Savage; Corey McGovern, Burnsville; and Fabrizio Cuartas, Eagan.

Mike Huddleston, coordinator for Burnsville BTYR, said the organization decided to honor the BHS students because they have raised their hands to serve their community and country. “This is the second year in a row that we’ve done this and it’s a great thing,” he said.

“I also want to recognize and thank the families of these young folks for letting us borrow them to go to boot camp so that they can represent Burnsville and our country,” Huddleston said.

During the City Council meeting, the students were given a $75 gift card, a Yellow Ribbon pin, and a gift bag. The Burnsville VFW, Burnsville American Legion, Burnsville Lions and Burnsville BTYR provided donations that went toward the gift cards and gift bags.

The U.S. Marine Auxiliary and Dan Patch American Legion provided donations for the reception for the students and their families, which also included students from Savage and Prior Lake who attended Prior Lake High School, and representatives from Scott County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon. The Dan Patch American Legion provided the young soldiers with complimentary one-year memberships and American flags.

BTYR is a statewide network of a diverse group of citizens and community leaders uniting key areas within local communities to leverage existing support activities, build awareness, and act to recognize and support veterans, service members and military families.