BHS graduate appointed to US Military Academy at West Point

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U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) announced the appointment of students from the Fifth Congressional District to attend our nation’s military service academies.

“Each year, I am honored to have the privilege of nominating some of the Fifth District’s finest candidates to our country’s service academies, and this year we have an exceptional group of young students,” said Congressman Hensarling. “Our armed forces are defending our freedoms all over the world, and the young men and women attending the academies today will be leaders on the frontlines of freedom tomorrow.”

Students in the Fifth Congressional District appointed by Hensarling to US service academies included:

• Nicholas Calhoon, of Palestine, and a graduate of Bullard High School, and Kyle Brett, of Kaufman, and a graduate of Crandall High School, both appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY;

• Kyle Bush, of Athens, and a graduate of Athens High School, appointed to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.;

• Kyle Quinn, of Mesquite, and a graduate of Mesquite Horn High School, appointed to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Candidates interested in attending a military service academy must undergo a rigorous selection process and receive a nomination from a Member of Congress, the Vice President, or from the Department of Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps.

Nominations are determined based on academic performance, college entrance test scores, physical aptitude, medical certification, extracurricular activities, and demonstrated leadership potential.

“Our military service academies offer our nation’s young leaders the opportunity to serve their country and receive an education of the highest caliber,” said Congressman Hensarling. “America’s service academies provide perhaps the best leadership and management training of any institute of higher education in the country, and because of this, the competition for entrance is intense.”

Graduates of the service academies are commissioned to serve as officers in their chosen military branch for a minimum of five years.

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