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Six BHS seniors honored for their commitment to serve in the military

Six BHS seniors honored for their commitment to serve in the military


Six students from Burnsville High School were honored for their commitment to serve as members of the U.S. military by Burnsville Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (BTYR) at the May 21 meeting of the Burnsville City Council.

The students include:

  • U.S. Marine Corps — Kaelyn Ambuehl of Burnsville
  • U.S. Navy — Svetlana Popov of Savage
  • U.S. Air Force — Emannuel Okindo of Burnsville
  • Minnesota Army National Guard — Ashley Gutierrez DeJesus and Khoi Trinh of Burnsville, and Liban Alamayo of Savage

This year, each student received a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Challenge Coin from Col. (R) Mike Huddleston, volunteer coordinator of Burnsville BTYR.

“These coins are a symbol of  membership, belonging, and camaraderie. More importantly, the coins acknowledge your achievements, dedication and exemplary service and serve as a reminder of the appreciation and respect of your peers and superiors,” Huddleston said.

Also, each student received a U.S. Flag donated by the Burnsville VFW, red-white-and-blue honor cords to wear with their graduation caps and gowns, a Target gift card and bag of sundry items.

Mayor Elizabeth Kautz read a city of Burnsville proclamation that honored the students and recognized Military Appreciation Week in the city of Burnsville. After the City Council meeting, students and their families attended a reception in their honor. The Burnsville  Savage Lions Club donated the funds to pay for the main meal, and Rambush Estates in Burnsville donated beverages and dessert.

BTYR is a state-wide network made up of a diverse group of citizens and community leaders that unite key areas within local communities to recognize and support veterans, service members and military
families.