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EHS Graduates Nash, Ferreira Complete Boot Camp Together
Clayton Ferreira, saluting, at left, marches into his graduation ceremony from Navy boot camp with fellow Escalon High School graduate Garrett Nash beside him. The two were in the same division during the training in Great Lakes, Illinois. Photo Contributed

A pair of Escalon High School graduates – members of the Class of 2020 – recently had the chance to graduate together a second time.

Garrett Nash and Clayton Ferreira, both of whom were three-sport athletes at EHS and participated in a variety of campus activities, left for boot camp in September.

“They both left for the U.S. Navy boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois on September 1,” explained Garrett’s mom, Carrie, a teacher and coach with the Escalon Unified School District. “They ended up being in the same division, ship 14 division 417.”

The graduation ceremony was on Friday, Oct. 30. Due to COVID restrictions, members of the families were not allowed to attend the ceremony.

However, the two former Cougars will now go on and continue with their Naval training and, again, will move on together.

“They are also assigned to the same A school in San Antonio, Texas to train to be MAs, which is Navy security,” Nash said.

She added that Garrett and Clayton enjoyed the opportunity to train together and also marched in to the graduation ceremony together.

Clayton Ferreira also received the special ‘Shipmate Award’ at the graduation ceremony. The award is presented to one sailor recruit whose ‘enthusiasm, supportive attitude and willingness to help others during their training period’ exceeded Navy standards.

“This is one of six awards given, in their case, to 14 divisions, about 900 sailor recruits,” Nash said of the recognition for Ferreira. “It’s very impressive.”

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Outstanding athletes and students during their years at Escalon High School, Garrett Nash, left, and Clayton Ferreira are shown as they get ready to leave for U.S. Navy boot camp in September. Now, they will continue training together to become Navy security in San Antonio, Texas. Photo Contributed