To the Editor:
As the Social Studies Director for the Bayonne Public Schools and a member of the Planning Committee for the Board of Education’s annual Field of Heroes event, I am particularly pleased to announce that Bayonne High School Social Studies teacher, Mr. Andrew Szyposzynski, has been selected as one of this year’s honorees.
A member of the Social Studies Department teaching staff at Bayonne High School since 1999, Andrew was the Founding Co-Advisor of the Polish Cultural Society. He has also been responsible for the sharing of Polish culture with the community at large through the Annual Evening of Polish Poetry and participation in local events such as Polish Constitution Day and the commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the outbreak of WWII. He is currently the Bayonne Board of Education’s Liaison to the Polish Consulate General in New York and oversees the school district’s involvement with the Consulate’s Meritorious Student Award program.
Andrew is also active in the City of Bayonne’s community as a communicant of St. John Paul II the Great Parish. He has been on the Parish Council at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and was selected to serve as the 2009 Marshal of the Bayonne Contingent of the General Pulaski Memorial Parade. He continues to work with the Bayonne Parade Committee.
Mr. Szyposzynski served on active duty in the U.S. Army for eight and a half years after graduating from Seton Hall University. During his time in the Army, Andrew saw service in various assignments such as Armor Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer and Battalion Staff Officer in Colorado, on “Freedom’s Frontier” in the Republic of Korea, and in the Federal Republic of Germany. He was also stationed in the Fulda Gap with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment when the Berlin Wall fell. At the end of the Cold War, Andrew left active duty and served in the 1st U.S. Army Reserve Linguist Unit until his Honorable Discharge with the rank of Major.
Please join us at 11 a.m. on November 1 in the Bayonne High School auditorium as we pay tribute to Andrew Szyposzynski and his fellow honorees for their service to our community and to our nation. If you are unable to attend the program, kindly consider honoring the great men and women of our Armed Services, past and present, by purchasing an American flag in their name. Flags will be displayed on the front lawn of Bayonne High School. All proceeds will go toward Bayonne’s Joyce-Herbert V.F.W. Post 226 Veterans Museum.