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Hardeman County Students Have Signing Day

University of Memphis, Christian Brothers University, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, and the Military Services. These and some other institutions were available to meet and greet Middleton High School students at the school’s college sign-in day. Bigger universities, smaller universities, private universities, technology schools, trade schools, the Marine Corps, and the U.S. Navy vied for the students’ attention.
Timderous Joy and Jonathan Howser elected to forego traditional post-secondary education and instead become members of the U.S. Armed Services. “I’ve known what I wanted to do with my life for several years,” said Joy. “My uncle is a retired Marine. We have had numerous conversations about the service as a career opportunity. I believe it’s a good fit for me.” He has an appointment with a Marine Recruiter on Sunday, May 1.
 “My Grandfather is a Navy Veteran. He’s proud of his service time. I look forward to following in his footsteps,” said Howser. “Selecting the Navy as my next step wasn’t a quick decision. I actually have been thinking about it for two or three years.” Howser has already enlisted and will leave for active duty on August 15. Following basic training, he will be training as a firefighter.
When asked if there were any other reasons for enlisting in the military, both answered, “To see the world outside of Hardeman County!” Joy, Howser, Barry Rinehart (32 years of service) and Superintendent of Schools Warner Ross.