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Olentangy Orange holds signing day to honor students joining military

You may have seen videos where a student signs with a college for sports or a big scholarship, but what about students who take a different approach to graduation?

Tuesday, 13 students at Olentangy Orange High School signed on the dotted line to join the military, and the school and community wanted to show their appreciation.

"I want to be infantry. A lot of people don't choose that job, but it just seems like it would fit me best. The reason why I'm doing this is just I love my country," said Senior and army recruit Bryce Koci.

He along with 12 of his classmates were recognized for their decision to serve our country.

Greg Flowers is a proud veteran and had the idea for a signing day at the school last year.

"I wanted to put them on a pedestal. I wanted to show them how proud we are, the community as veterans as teachers and coaches we came up with a signing day," said Flowers.

It’s a day Koci will never forget.

"It's fantastic. The support is outstanding. I've never felt anything like this honestly,” said Koci.

"Very proud of him. Our family has a history of military service. I, however, did not serve. It's a regret I personally had and I feel he's filling a gap," said Bryce’s dad, Bob Koci.

Bryce will report to Fort Benning, Georgia on August 17th. The school has decided to do a military signing event every year.


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