CONTRIBUTED PHOTO A HIGHER RANK: Former Washington High School and Elizabeth City State University graduate Casey Keyes brought promotion home to family and friends. Keyes, now an Army Officer, was promoted to the rank of major on July 3 at the American Legion, Post 263 on Cherry Run Rd. Presiding over the ceremony was SFC (Ret.) Jerry Cobb and Rev. Emma Langley, an associate minister of the Davis Chapel Missionary Baptist Church where Rev. Floyd Pugh is pastor. Major Keyes reaffirmed her commitment by saying the Oath of Office giving by WHS JROTC Instructor Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Tommy Meeks. Keyes is currently attending the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS. She is the daughter of Melvin and Frances Keyes of Washington.