Berkshire High School seniors Jacob Smetana and Gage Greer made official their intent to serve their country at a memorable signing ceremony that took place before their respective families, elected officials, friends, administrators and other dignitaries earlier this week. Both Jacob and Gage have declared their intent to join the United States Marine Corps upon graduation. Principal Michael King, who led the signing ceremony, was joined by representatives from the offices of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and U.S. Congressman David Joyce. State Senator John Eklund accompanied Geauga County Commissioner and Berkshire alumnus, Jim Dvorak, in making personal congratulatory remarks to the high school seniors. School Board President James Boyd, a member of the Air Force National Guard and combat veteran, praised Jacob and Gage for their willingness to serve their country, along with Staff Sergeant Miguel Tavarez, Jr., who recruited the two young men. In a fitting tribute of what it truly means to be a Marine, representatives from American Legion Post 459 who were Marines shared words of wisdom to prepare Jacob and Gage for their coming pursuits. In all, the Berkshire Local Schools congratulates and expresses the gratitude of the entire District, to Jacob Smetana and Gage Greer, for making the sacrifice to proudly serve the United States of America. Go Badgers!