Ceres native Joseph Perez, 22, is being trained for service in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Perez, who is a 2013 Central Valley High School graduate, joined the Marines on Oct. 24 and took his oath in Sacramento and is now in boot camp at the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Diego. If all goes as scheduled he will be graduating on Jan. 20 and his parents, Rosalio and Eva Perez of Ceres plan to attend and cheer him on.
According to his father, Joseph signed up to become an electrical engineer and will likely be stationed at Twentynine Palms Marine Base in Southern California.
Joseph was born in Palmdale and moved to Ceres with his family in 2002. He attended SInclear Elementary School and Blaker Kinser Junior High School before graduating at CVHS.
The brother of Jovana Perez of Ceres had worked at a factory in Modesto.
Before enlisting Perez married Heather Perez, who grew up with him in Ceres.