An eighth grader
at Deerfield Windsor School will be participating in the Wounded Warrior Run
along with some of his cross country teammates. He says it's in honor of his
brother serving in the U.S. Army.
Even though the season is over, cross county team member, Ethan
Merritt has one more run. This time it's to honor his big brother in the
Benefit Run for the Wounded Warrior Project.
"I think that he's done so much for our country by supporting
us, leading his platoon and just going in the Army," said Ethan Merritt.
Ethan's brother, Captain Jonathan Siskey, is a member of the 75th
Airborne Division at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia. He also served two tours
in Afghanistan earning the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. A parent at Deerfield
came up with the idea for runners to honor Jonathan and other service members.
"When I heard about it and I heard that its in dedication of
my brother, I just thought that I could use that to glorify Christ and my
brother and all the people that's gone before him," said Ethan Merritt.
Ethan's cross country coach says he is well prepared for Saturday's
"I made the kids aware that this was a great way honor our
veterans. He's in great shape. He's one of our top runners. He's like number 3
on our varsity team which is really good because he's only in the eighth grade.
So he's well prepared," said Cathy Jones, Cross Country Coach.
Jonathan is a former student at Deerfield. His mother told him
about what the kids at Deerfield are doing to honor him.
"He's just very excited and honored that Deerfield will remember
him in this way. Ethan looks up to Jonathan very much and loves his big brother,"
said Melanie Merritt, Mother.
Ethan says this is the perfect way to give back to a brother who
has given so much for his country.
The run starts Saturday at 8:30 at the Marine Corps Logistic Base.