A recent graduate of Baker High School has graduated for a second time within a year.

Kelsey Miller, a 2019 graduate and homecoming queen, has graduated from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island.

She graduated Jan. 17, with the rank of private first class (PFC) and will be getting advanced Military Police training. She has announced her interest in the USMC Working Dog program.

According to the USMC, a military working dog handler is a military policeman who is trained to employ a military working dog to conduct vehicle searches, searches of open areas, buildings, vehicles and other locations for the detection of explosives or illegal drugs.

According to a MCRD release, Miller was in a history making position with her platoon. Platoon 1000 was the first female platoon in the formerly all-male 1st battalion. They were the first females for both 1st Battalion and Delta company.

It is only the second time females have been integrated with a male company in the history of the Marine Corps.

While there, she earned the position of squad leader, earned the rank of PFC, and was awarded the Molly Marine award. This award is voted on by her platoon and only given to one female Marine every cycle which the platoon feels exemplifies what it is to be a woman Marine.

She was also given the honor of carrying one of the two 1st battalion flags to be carried in the lead of the motivational run that kicks off family day at Parris Island. Her platoon broke the Parris Island final drill record.

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