On Friday, February 20th, Tom Gyarmati became the 100th recipient of an Elder High School U.S. Veteran's Diploma. In 2002, the Ohio legislature passed a law allowing those who left high school early to serve in World War II to receive a high school diplomas. This was later expanded to those who served in other wars. Elder High School began distributing honorary diplomas in 2002.
Tom Gyarmati's daughter, Myla, contacted Elder about about the possibility of her father receiving a diploma. Gyarmati grew up in Western Hills. His father passed away when he was 14 and his mother shortly after his father. Tom left school at 17 to join the United States Marines and served in the Vietnam War.
Since he returned from war, Gyarmati has volunteered his time to serve his community in a variety of ways and is currently president of the East Price Hill Improvement Association. This past Friday was no exception. As Tom was busy working the fryers at the St. William Fish Fry, he was taken aback to learn of the surprise his family and friends had planned for him. Elder Principal Tom Otten presented Gyramati with the 100th Elder High School U.S. Veteran's Diploma.
Congratulations, Tom on this well-deserved honor! Click here to view Fox 19's story about Mr. Gyarmati.