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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

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BSU honors military school

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Tremel Stewart hands Master Sgt. Schafer an award for his continued support for the BSU.

Representatives of the Black Student Union visited military training classes at Southeast Academy High School on Friday to reward four community leaders for their service.

Former president of the BSU Tremel Stewart presented Master Sgt. Marty Schafer, Master Sgt. Steve Allard and Cerritos College President Linda Lacy with a trophy, a handshake and words of gratitude for their continued support at BSU events.

An additional trophy and $100 scholarship were awarded to SAHS senior Tyrece Britton who plans to enroll at Cerritos College in the fall, but was unable to attend the event.

The drills carried out by students after the ceremony impressed Stewart, who enlisted in the U.S. Navy at 18 years old and served for four-and-a-half years.

“It was inspirational to see high school students learning discipline and honor for themselves,” Stewart said, “They’re changing lives over there.”

Schafer, director of Southeast Academy High School, said he is happy to help the BSU by sending students to help out at club events.

“Southeast Academy High School is really committed to the community and wants to build strong relationships, especially with Cerritos College, because it’s important for our students to understand that there is Cerritos College out there and it has a lot to offer.”

Master Sgt. Allard was humbled by the experience and remains focused on serving as a role model.

“I’d rather just teach my students and not have all the fanfare, as long as they’re getting something out of it, I’m good with that,” he said.

For Lacy, receiving an award was a pleasant surprise.

“I try to work with students as much as I can, but I don’t get a chance very often anymore.  I love to go to the student events, so it was great for me, it was thrilling.”

Stewart and other BSU members are currently working on recruiting students from other local high schools and universities to help at club events.

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