CLYMER, N.Y. — Clymer Central School’s graduation ceremony is still seven months away, but the commencement speaker has already been announced.

During a recent school board meeting, President Nancy Westerburg announced that Capt. John R. Heil, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy, will address the class of 2010 during the June 25 ceremony.

Heil, who graduated from Clymer school in 1973, currently serves as director of training at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla.

He earned a bachelor of arts degree in cell and molecular biology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1977, a medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans in 1982, and a master of public health degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 1990.

Heil served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 and 2006. He is an associate fellow and life member of the Aerospace Medical Association, and a life member of the Society of U.S. Naval Flight Surgeons.

Heil is married to Angela Castleberry Heil, who is originally from Panama City, Fla. His parents are Thelma Heil of Clymer and the late John Heil. His mother lives on Brownell Road, where Heil grew up.

Board members also recently approved a list of personnel items, including naming David VanEarden as the youth trap squad adviser for the 2009-10 school year. This position will be unpaid for one year.

Kimberly Kelleher was approved as an occasional bus driver.

Two substitute teachers were also OK’d. They are Matthew Bennink and Kyle Woods, who both hold a bachelor of arts degree.

The resignation of Lynne Bemis was accepted as the girls varsity volleyball coach effective immediately.

Paula Callahan-Wall was approved as a basketball cheerleading coach for the 2009-10 school year.

The next board meeting will be Nov. 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library.

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