U.S. Marine Corps Pvt. Joel D. Conard, son of Julie A. and Jeffrey L. Conard of Hiram, earned the title of U.S. Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C. Conard is a 2012 graduate of Crestwood High School.
For 13 weeks, Conard stayed committed during military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. One week prior to graduation, Conard endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits' minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.