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KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
A Kailua dad deployed to Afghanistan didn't let the distance stop
him from seeing his son graduate from high school.
The Hawaii National Guard set-up a live streaming video
feed allowing Chris Bretz to watch the commencement ceremony at Trinity Christian School on
His son Philip is a national merit scholar finalist and it was
actually Trinity Christian's first graduating class. Six years ago the school's
board decided to expand offering a curriculum through grade twelve.
Chris Bretz was on the board at that time and seeing tonight's
graduation was a dream come true.
"Chris Bretz was instrumental in turning Trinity Christian School,
expanding it to classical Christian education as well as a secondary school. It's a great opportunity for him to join us
from Afghanistan. The National Guard has
been instrumental in allowing that to happen.
It's a great opportunity to see his son -- the first valedictorian of
this graduating class," said Trinity Christian Principal, Bryan Wolf.
Hawaii National Guard's Lt. Col. Courtney Vares-Lum adds, "Just
to make that connection for the dad and his son especially because Philip is
valedictorian. It's a great feeling to
sponsor that and just help facilitate making that connection."
Chris Bretz recently returned from Afghanistan so the family will have the
summer to celebrate Philip's big achievement.