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Airman makes a surprise school visit


Schools — Jerrid Hughes reunites with his younger sister at Edwards Elementary School after four months of Air Force training

When 10-year-old Jensyn Hughes realized it was her older brother, Jerrid, entering her fourth grade classroom Dec. 13, she didn’t quite know what to do.

That’s in part because Jerrid, a 2013 Newberg High School graduate, was supposed to be in Texas completing his technical training to become an Air Force health service administrator. But before long, the reality sunk in, a big hug ensued and the scene became the happy reunion it was intended to be after four months apart.by: GARY ALLEN - Reunion -- 2013 Newberg High School graduate Jerrid Hughes returned from Air Force training to surprise his younger sister, Jensyn, in class Dec. 13 at Edwards Elementary School. The two hadn't seen each other since August, when Jerrid left for basic training.

“She wasn’t sure if she was allowed to get out of her desk and give him a hug,” Jerrid and Jensyn’s father, Trevor Hughes, said. “She was baffled and shocked and then they went up in front of the class to answer a bunch of questions from the other kids.”

With two parents who served in the Navy, Jerrid had known for a while he wanted to enter the military, completing his enlistment during his junior year of high school.

He chose the Air Force because it felt like a better fit and graduated from basic training in Texas Oct. 12. Trevor attended the ceremony and it was at that time that Jerrid shared his idea to surprise his little sister.

It just made sense to Jerrid to have the reunion at school since Jensyn was now being taught by Eric Fuchs, who was Jerrid’s favorite teacher, having had him for both third and fifth grade at Edwards.

“He was a really good teacher,” Jerrid Hughes said. “I learned a lot from him about how to be successful in school and to keep an open mind to what you want to do in life.”

After Trevor made the arrangements with Fuchs and the school, all that remained was sneaking up to the classroom unseen and waiting for the signal, which was complicated by the fact that Jensyn’s desk faces the door.

“She’s happy to have him home,” Trevor Hughes said. “She’ll sneak up behind him and give him a big hug. There’s a 9-year difference between the two and he’s really been a great big brother to her.”

Jerrid, who was able to arrange the trip by performing some recruiting duties while at home, will return New Year’s Day to Texas, where he will be stationed at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo for at least the next two years.