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Four Clark State military students join honor society

Four Clark State military students join honor society

May 9, 2024
Four individuals at Salute Honor Society induction wearing white draped honorary scarves.
Alvin Tucker, Clark State’s veteran services and records specialist commends Gage Kronk, Ashley Slone, Bryon Uzcha (l-r) on being inducted into SALUTE honor society.

Clark State College recently inducted four students into SALUTE, a national honor society that recognizes and honors the service and the scholastic achievements of veteran and military students. SALUTE stands for Service, Academics, Leadership, Unity, Tribute and Excellence. All honorees have earned a 3.0 GPA or above.

Nationwide SALUTE students represent active-duty, veterans, retirees, National Guard and reservists from all branches of the military. Clark State’s 2024 SALUTE inductees are all veterans who are returning to embark upon a new career.

Clark State’s newest SALUTE members include Sheena Cherry, US Air Force veteran who is pursuing an associate of applied science degree in registered nursing; Ashley Slone, US Army veteran who is studying to become a licensed practical nurse; Bryon Uzcha, a US Army veteran, who will graduate in August with an associate of applied science degree in cybersecurity; and Gage Kronk, a US Army veteran who will graduate in May with both an associate of applied science in horticulture industry and an associate of applied business in agricultural engineering.

“After the Army, I worked within the trades and learned new skills that were practical and applicable. I then decided to pursue higher education,” explained Kronk, who was the student speaker during the induction ceremony. “I believed that a college education would be fundamentally necessary and something I could use to most benefit the world. I, ultimately, chose Clark State to pursue my educational goals because class sizes were smaller and more personable, and they have a military-friendly atmosphere with great program options.

“During my educational journey at Clark State, I was blessed with the opportunity to study in France for a month. I earned a certificate in global competencies focusing on sustainability. I also gained a new respect for how the perception of our world should be taken. I have made worldwide friendships and experienced a culture other than my own. I thank all my friends and family for supporting and believing in me during my time at Clark State. I am really excited for the next chapter of my life.”

Earlier this spring, Clark State was named the nation’s number one Military Friendly School, as well as the nation’s number one Military Spouse Friendly School, by VIQTORY, a veteran-owned business that connects the military community to civilian employment and educational opportunities. Both honors were awarded in the small community college category.

Clark State also offers a 50 percent reduced tuition rate and priority registration to all active-duty military, reserve and Ohio National Guard members, as well as their spouses. These military members along with veterans are offered priority registration every semester. In 2024, 339 military affiliated students enrolled at Clark State, with 11 graduating in May.

“This is Clark State’s sixth year as a SALUTE chapter, one of 230 chapters nationwide,” said Alvin Tucker, Clark State’s veteran services and records specialist. “I am proud to induct four new members into our ranks from our student body this year. They have all worked very hard to accomplish this feat.”

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