Schaumburg High School Alumnus Honored for Board of Education Military Recognition

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Schaumburg High Schooll Alumnus and Private First Class Leon Dixon at the Board of Education meeting on Jan. 15, 2015.

Schaumburg High School Alumnus and Private First Class Leon Dixon at the Board of Education meeting on Jan. 15, 2015.

Recently, District 211 started a new tradition to honor alumni for the service they have given to their country.

Schaumburg High School Alumnus and Private First Class Leon Dixon was honored and thanked for his service in the National Guard by the Board of Education at its Jan. 15 meeting. Dixon is the third alumnus to be recognized for his service and started the meeting by leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

Dixon completed boot camp in August 2013. From there, he completed Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. Currently, he is part of the Illinois National Guard and is working toward becoming active duty in the Army in an officer position. Additionally, if he pursues further education he would like to become a physician’s assistant in the Army.

As a student at Schaumburg High School, Dixon said he wasn’t interested in joining the military even though he has family that serves. After encouragement and support from his family, he decided to join the National Guard to help him reach his collegiate goals. Now, he is eager to be active duty and encourages others to take advantage of all the opportunities the military offers.

“I would tell students considering to enter the military to do it,” Dixon said. “Do everything you can while you’re in. It helps you pay for college and you will have so many opportunities you might not have had without it.”

The Board of Education will continue Military Recognitions for District 211 graduates who are serving or have served before each meeting.