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Welcome home, bro!

Welcome HomeThe staff served up more than lunch for Parkway South Middle seventh-grader Preston McClinton on Sept. 9.

During lunch, Principal Craig Fenner surprised Preston with his brother’s early return from a recent deployment with the Singapore Army.

Preston had not seen his older brother for 2.5 years because his brother, Lance Corporal Braxton McClinton, had been serving in Singapore and Taiwan. A 2012 graduate of Parkway South High, Braxton was born in Singapore and, as a citizen of the Republic of Singapore, was required to serve in the Singapore Army.

Completing the surprise were members of the local media who gave Preston and Braxton star treatment.

“I would like to thank my school and local media for the big surprise. This meant a lot to me – having my brother back after 2.5 years. It was a long time for me without seeing my brother,” Preston said.

He explained how the surprise was arranged.

“It was during my lunch time when my principal called me over and talked to me about my brother then asked me to turn around. As I turned around I saw my big brother smiling, while my jaw dropped. I quickly ran up to him and gave him a big hug. I have been surprised before, but nothing better than having my brother back,” he said. “I’m so glad that my brother is home now and will be going back to school around here. Now both of us will enjoy and will get to do more things together.”

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