RPHS Graduate Training To Serve Off African Coast

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Published: September 30, 2013 @ 10:13 PM EDT

Roselle Park High School (RPHS) graduate Johnathan Clyde Parin, who graduated from the United States Naval Academy on May 24, 2013, is currently commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy. Having studied General Engineering while simultaneously majoring in International Relations with a focus on Middle Eastern Politics, Johnathan is currently serving on board the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG-95), stationed out of Norfolk, Virginia.

On board the Guided Missile Destroyer, Johnathan serves as an Operations Intelligence Officer and a SAR (Search And Rescue) swimmer as a collateral duty. His ship is currently preparing for a 10-month deployment off the coast of Africa.

“Ever since he was little he always wanted to go the Naval Academy,” Eddie Parin – Johnathan’s father – commented, “It’s always been a goal of his and now he’s achieved it and we’re very happy that Johnathan is serving his country.”

The photograph above is from Johnathan’s graduation where he got to shake President Obama’s hand before receiving his diploma.