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Tinian High School’s Hannah Biton and Dyna Mae Peneranda join the long blue line

TINIAN — On Sept. 6, 2019, two of Tinian Jr./Sr. High’s Class of 2019 graduates, Hannah Biton and Dyna Mae Peneranda, graduated from basic training from the United States Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, New Jersey. They were part of the Sierra 197 company.

Seaman Hannah Biton holds her diploma. Contributed photo

Biton and Peneranda graduated from TJSHS on June 10, 2019 then left for basic training on July 14. They began training two days after.

“On July 16, 2019, I arrived at Tracen Center Cape May for Coast Guard boot camp,” Biton recalls, proceeding to go into detail of what their training in the Coast Guard was like.

“After swearing-in, I always thought eight weeks of training would take forever, but it wasn’t all bad. I was terrified and nervous as the company commanders yelled at us to get off of the bus. I shed sweat and tears with my fellow shipmates of Sierra 197. We sweated every day of every week. We woke up to an insanely loud whistle blow followed by ‘FIRE FIRE FIRE.’ We’d run down and start intensive training. From push-ups, to flutter kicks, to planks, burpees, and crunches. It was exhausting and overwhelming, but at the end of the day, we would come together as a company to become better for the next day. Besides the intense training, we had regular classes where we learned more about the Coast Guard, life after boot camp, and put the three core values which is an honor, respect, and devotion to duty.”

She then talks about the good memories she had during basic training.

“Though we had to be serious all the time and we were always getting yelled at, we did some activities where we got to come together and cheer and motivate one another. All in all, it was a great and amazing experience. You meet many people, learn new things, and get the opportunity to do work with mentors who train you to be a coast guardsman.”

Biton was a designated yeoman, normally called YNs. Her hours consisted of working with personnel in counseling, problem-solving, and knowing where to look up the answers to all questions various members might have concerning pay and personnel issues. She was also assigned as a marching commander where she marched the company to eat, to class, and back home.

On the day of graduation, she received two pins/coins and The Best Yeoman Award. Her comrade and classmate Dyna Mae Peneranda also graduated with her.

Biton is now assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb in San Pedro, California. Her current rank is seaman.

While she attended Tinian Jr./Sr. High School, Biton was extremely active in the JROTC program. She was part of the unarmed drill team and went to California to compete for the Golden Bear Competition in the school year 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. She was the S3 sergeant major for the Stallion Battalion in SY 2017-2018. The following school year (2018-2019), she was the Operations & Training Officer or S3.

Peneranda was also part of the JROTC program for two years and was a clerk for the Public Affairs Officer in her sophomore year.

The Stallion Battalion cheers you on for enduring quite a lot, Hannah and Dyna. We applaud your success and we wish you both well in your new career!

Hannah Biton’s proud parents are Sydney Biton and Josefina Biton. Dyna Peneranda’s proud parents are Charito Peneranda Cristoria and Domingo Peneranda.