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The Rockaway Times
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The Justin Zemser Way
By Katie McFadden
enue and Beach Channel
Drive now bears another
name. Every timeyoupass
theBeachChannel Educa-
tional Campus, you’ll be
reminded of a young man
who touched the lives of
those all around him dur-
ing his short lifetime. The
street was officially co-
named Midshipman Jus-
tin Zemser Way on Friday,
October 14.
Hundreds gathered to
pay tribute to the young
man who made quite
the impact in his 20 years
here. Zemserwas a stellar
student at Channel View
School for Research and
graduated as valedictori-
an. Hewas also captain of
the football team, a sport
he truly loved. He also
worked as a lifeguard,
volunteered his time with
local community groups
such as the Rockaway
Special Olympics pro-
gram, and he interned for
Councilman Eric Ulrich.
Zemser went on to the US
Naval Academy where he
continued to play football
and outshine academi-
cally. While his resume
was impressive, it was the
kind of person that Zems-
er was that truly resonat-
ed with people. Zemser
was killed in the Amtrak
crash onMay 12, 2015.
Zemser may no longer
be here but his impact is
everlasting. Friday’s cer-
emony was testament to
that. The ceremony be-
gan with music by the
CVSR band, followed by
statements from CVSR
Assistant Principal Joe
Featherston, a perfor-
mance of “Hero” and “I’ll
Be Missing You” sung by
the CVSR chorus, words
from Councilman Eric
Ulrich, Zemser’s former
English teacher Michael
Kennedy, his Naval Acad-
emy roommates, his par-
ents, Howard and Susan,
and more. Zemser’s par-
entswere given the honor
of unveiling the new sign
declaring the street Mid-
shipman Justin Zemser
Way and the ceremony
was closed with everyone
joining in to sing the Na-
val Academy fight song
“Navy Blue and Gold.”
The sign is appropri-
ately named. One of
Zemser’s Naval Acade-
my roommates, Mitchell
Bond said, “He pushed
himself to be better every
single day. It’s appropri-
ate that it’s called the Jus-
tin Zemser Way because
there was a way about
how he conducted him-
self every day.” Some said
he exemplified CVSR’s
15 words to live by: re-
spect, manners, caring,
achievement, kindness,
trust, confidence, sports-
manship, responsibility,
friendship, community,
honesty and potential.
“The Justin Zemser way
is the way for all of us to
live our lives. To serve the
community, to be hum-
ble, to dedicate yourself
to being the best but not
bragging about what you
do. Not worrying about
what you accomplished
in life in terms of materi-
al things, but what you do
for other people,” Feather-
ston said. “He made a dif-
ference. We were inspired
why we’re naming a street
after Justin Zemser,” Ul-
rich said. Zemser’s father,
Howard said, “Justin was
a proud American and
you can share his pride
by emulating all that he
did in his short lifetime
and by working hard to
achieve your own per-
sonal goals. Thank you to
everyone for sharing this
honor with us. We truly
appreciate it.”
If you would like to
share photos or mem-
ories of Justin Zemser,
head to www.inmemo-