(Osakis, MN)  When the Osakis graduating class of 2021 get together for class reunions, at least 10-percent of them will be able to say they shared a common, somewhat unique, experience.  Seniors Carson Bergquist, Jace Twardowski, Jacob Uhl, Anthony Leighton, Duncan Vandergon, Grace Oeltjen and Anna Wolf all have signed up to be in the Army National Guard.  At a special ceremony on May 3rd all seven were recognized for their commitment to our country.

To learn more about the day, click on the following VIDEO story (BELOW):

Seven Osakis High School seniors signed up to join the Army National Guard. When you factor in the fact that the entire class is only 69 students, that's a pretty high percentage making that commitment. VOA's Joe Korkowski was a guest at the "signing day" on Monday, May 3rd and provides this story.

Camp Ripley Senior Commander for the Minnesota National Guard, Brigadier General Lowell E. Kruse was on hand.  He expressed his admiration for the community that fostered this high percentage of new recruits.  He also spoke highly about local Army National Guard recruiter Lance Meyer.  Kruse says that SSG Meyer cares about each person he recruits and works to connect them with the area that best suits them.

Carson Bergquist joined the MN Army National Guard on October 28th, 2019.  His job is that of 42A Human Resources Specialist with HHB 1-151 Field Artillery in Montevideo.  He plans to attend MN State University-Moorhead to pursue a bachelor's degree in finance and a master's degree in business.

Jace Twardowski joined on December 12, 2019. His job is a 13F Fire Support Specialist with HHB 1-125 Field Artillery in Anoka.  Jace plans to attend NDSU for an economics degree.

Jacob Uhl also joined on December 12, 2019.  His job is that of a 13B Cannon Crewmember with C-BTRY 1-194 Field Artillery in Alexandria.  Eventually he plans to attend MN State University-Moorhead for elementary education.

Anthony Leighton joined the Guard on February 2021.  His job will be a 31E Internment/Resettlement Specialist with 257 Military Police Company in Monticello.  His college plans include NDSU to major in business management.

Duncan Vandergon signed on February 19th, 2021 as a 68W Health Care Specialist with HHC 1/194 AR CAB in Brainerd.  His education plans take him to the University of MN-Morris to major in psychology and minor in biology.  He hopes to eventually get his PhD in psychology.

Grace Oeltjen committed to the National Guard on March 19th of this year.  Grace is also a 13B Cannon Crewmember with C-BTRY 1-194 Field Artillery in Alexandria. Her post-secondary plans include MN State University-Moorhead for a physical education degree.

Anna Wolf also made her commitment on March 19th.  Her job is that of 25B Information Technology with HHT 1-194 CAV in Duluth.  She will attend the University of MN-Duluth. but is currently undecided on a major. 


Following the ceremony local veteran Owen Miller reminded the families about the "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Program."  He made sure families knew that there was additional community support for them and their new recruits throughout their time as soldiers thanks to the program.