Conant High School Alumnus Honored for Board of Education Military Recognition

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Jakub Bursynski

District 211 has a tradition to honor alumni for the service they have given to their country.

Army Specialist Jakub Bursynski, a 2015 graduate of Conant High School, was honored and thanked for his service by the Board of Education at its Nov. 15 meeting. Bursynski is the 10th alumnus to be recognized for his service, and started the meeting by leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

Bursynski enlisted in the Army in 2014 and completed basic training in the summer of 2014, between his junior and senior high school years. Following high school graduation this past June, he was involved chemical biological nuclear training, which he completed last month.

He said he always wanted to join the Army and was eager to get started while in high school. By participating in the Army Split Training Program, he was afforded the opportunity to be able to complete basic training and earn a promotion to specialist ranking in a little over one year – a rank that generally takes two service years to earn.

In the future, he is planning on attending Iowa State University to study Industrial Engineering while participating in ROTC. He hopes to become an active duty commissioned officer after he graduates.

“I’ve always wanted to be an officer, but I decided my junior year that I should be enlisted first so that I can be a better leader with experience once I do commission,”Bursynski said.

Having an early plan is what helped Bursynski solidify his goals in the military and his studies. He advises future students interested in the military to make sure they consider all of the options available to them first.

“Students should do their research about all the different types of jobs the military has to offer,” he said. “When you go to the recruiting office, have an idea of what you might want to do, look at the options, and see what fits you best.”

The Board of Education will continue Military Recognitions for District 211 graduates who are serving in the military. To recommend a District 211 graduate currently serving in the military for a recognition, please email the D211 Post editor with the graduate’s information, including which District 211 school they attended.