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KOTA Territory man dubbed Grand Marshal

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His friends say his humble and passionate attitude leaves a lasting impression on anyone that meets him. And whether John Hoag wants the attention or not, he is honored and recognized this year as the Douglas High school Grand Marshal.

Hoag loves his job, and he's good at what he does. "He is Douglas High School," said Principal Bud Gusso.

As the security aid at Douglas High School he greets the students every morning. "Mr. Hoag is probably the first person that they see every day and in every day Mr. Hoag greets every student with a hello good morning, hello good morning, hello good morning," said Gusso.

But last year Mr. Hoag was gone for about three months. "He came down with pancreatic cancer, and he's the type of person that doesn't want any accolade, any glory, or any sympathy," said Gusso.

Now students and faculty are thanking Mr. Hoag by naming him Grand Marshal. "Grand Marshal is an honorary position for the people that we love," said Gusso. "It was time for us to say Mr. Hoag we value you as a person."

"It's an amazing feeling to be the grand marshal, to be chosen to be the grand marshal," said Hoag.

But he does so much more for students than keep them safe; he's a mentor and a friend. "A thank you and a good morning I think is something that's very important to start the day off," said Hoag. "Some of the kids don't get that so about 600 times a day I say thank you, good morning. If they see somebody cares they may care to someone else, mentor someone else."

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