School board awards honorary diploma to veteran
“This was a piece of unfinished business for him.”
At the Feb. 12 Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting, John D. Ferreira accepted an honorary high school diploma on behalf of his 83-year-old father, John Ferreira.
Through Operation Veteran Recognition, the district is able to grant a high school diploma to any honorably discharged veteran who has served in the United States military and who would have been a member of a graduating class during the years served.
Ferreira grew up on North Coplay Road and attended the original Coplay High School on Lehigh Street. The youngest of four boys, Ferreira decided to follow in his brothers’ footsteps and enlist in the military after completing the 10th grade in 1951.
After three years of service as a Green Beret, Ferreira was honorably discharged with four Distinguished Service Medals. He completed 130 parachute jumps in enemy territory during his tours.
Upon returning home, Ferreira entered the workforce and started a family without returning to school.
“It is my father’s wish to be considered a graduate of Whitehall High School,” John D. Ferreira said. “My father would be honored to receive a diploma.”
After receiving the recognition from Superintendent Dr. Lorie Hackett, John D. Ferreira will be traveling to Florida next month to present the diploma to his father.
In other district news, the school board voted to adopt the preliminary general fund budget for the 2018-19 school year.
Genesis Perez, Student Council president, announced that the high school raised $150 for the American Red Cross during its “grant a wish” week in December.
Registration for the high school’s Mini-THON will begin Feb. 20. Upcoming fundraisers for the event are planned at Five Below, Chick-fil-A and Keystone Pub & Grill.
The next school board meeting will take place 7 p.m. March 12.