U.S. Army Second Lt. Marcel J. Seely, son of Tisa Seely and Mark Helpenstell of Clinton and grandson of Ret. Col John Seely and Marilyn Seely of Kaneohe Hawaii, was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army on Saturday, May 25.
He graduated from the ROTC program at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma the following day as a distinguished military graduate. Seely successfully completed four years of intensive academic, physical, and professional training, resulting in a bachelor of science degree with a major in economics.
The PLU ROTC program was recently named a 2013 recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Award and the Founders and Patriots of America Award for Excellence — second place national winner.
Following graduation , Second Lt. Seely has been assigned to the Field Artillery Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Sill, Okla., where he will continue studies in military leadership as a Seely third generation REDLEG.
Seely has resided with his parents and brother, Jesse Seely, on Whidbey Island since 2007. He was a Washington all-state linebacker for the Knights and graduated with honors from Kamiak High School in 2009.