While standing on stage shooting a photo story where some of the biggest names in pop history have performed, sometimes the best moments are for the common people. Not that the Lake Orion Graduation was an uneventful event. For Joice Dominquez, an unexpected reunion with her sister Anglelyn who flew in earlier in the week and surprised the 2014 Lake Orion Graduate. Angelyn is a Staff Sargent in the Air Force and her sister will follow in her footsteps later this year. Lara Mossa, a staff writer for the Oakland Press picks up the story and the complete photo album of the Lake Orion graduation is linked in the story.
Lake Orion grad surprised by military sister
It is a reunion story with a twist for younger sister Joice Dominguez.
Angelyn Dominguez took a leave from the U.S. Air Force this month to attend her sister’s graduation from Lake Orion High School. But she didn’t want to hide for eight days, she said, because she wanted to visit with her family. So, she talked to school officials and made arrangements to present her sister with her diploma at the ceremony.
HERE ARE PHOTOS FROM THE GRADUATION.
“I thought it would be really special,” said Angelyn Dominguez, 28, who leaves back for her base in South Korea on Thursday. “We’re really close. It was a big thing in her life.
“It was a big moment for her. I thought it would be special if I gave it to her.”
At the Tuesday graduation ceremony, which was held at DTE Energy Music Theatre near Clarkston, Dominguez snuck out during the program, changed into her dress uniform, and appeared on stage to give her sister the certificate.
“I was completely shocked,” said Joice Dominguez, 18. “It was amazing. I couldn’t hold back the tears. It was just the most amazing thing that’s happened so far in my life.”
Daughters of Bruce and Kathy Dominguez of Lake Orion, the girls have not seen each other in about a year. Despite their age difference, they have always been close.
“We’re pretty much best friends,” Joice Dominguez said.
Angelyn Dominguez, a staff sergeant, has been in the military for six years and is a crew chief for an F-16 Fighting Falcon. Joice Dominguez will follower in her footsteps and enter the U.S. Air Force later this year; she hopes to someday be stationed with her sister when she returns to the states. While in school, she was a member of the National Honor Society.