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Local Students Honored with U.S. Service Academy Appointments

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WASHINGTON- U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, announced the appointments of eight area students to the U.S. service academies.

In order to receive an appointment to attend one of the service academies, which include the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Military Academy at West Point, students must first receive a nomination from a Member of Congress.Each of the eight students went through a comprehensive interview process to receive Barton’s nomination, which was then sent to the academies to determine who would receive appointments.

“The U.S. service academies play a key role in developing many of our nation’s finest leaders,” Congressman Barton said.“I want to congratulate each of these students for their individual accomplishments and express my support of them as they begin this time of dedicated learning and service to our nation.”

Below is each of the appointees, listed in alphabetical order:

Andrew Bibby of Ennis, son of Pete and Kim Bibby, will attend the U.S. Naval Academy. He is a graduate of Ennis High School and has already completed a year of college at SMU. While attending Ennis H.S. Bibby was a member of the National Honor Society, the Future Farmers of America, the Math Club and the Key Club. He was on the school’s football and power lifting teams. Bibby was also named to the All State Academic Elite Team during his senior year.

Charles Celerier of Arlington, son of Glenn and Annette Celerier, will attend the U.S. Naval Academy. He is a graduate of Mansfield Summit High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society, the band and the chorus. He also played on the soccer team and ran cross-country.

Jake Darsey of Grapeland, son of Jim and Donna Darsey, will attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He attended Grapeland High School, where he was a member of the student government, the National Honor Society and the
4-H Club. Darsey also played on the football, basketball and tennis teams at Grapeland H.S.He was named to the All State Academic Team his senior year.

William Jones of Mansfield, son of William and Katherine Jones, will attend the U.S. Naval Academy. He is a graduate of Mansfield High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society, the band and the chorus. Jones was also a member of the Mansfield H.S. power lifting team.

Rodney Joye of Arlington, son of Carla and Lieutenant Colonel Rodney Joye, will attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He is a graduate of Mansfield Summit High School, where he was a member of the Language Club, the basketball team and ran cross-country and track. He was also named to the UIL Academic Team and is an Eagle Scout.

James MacAndrew of Arlington, son of John and Carmen Weldon, will attend the Air Force Prep in Colorado. He attended Pantego Christian Academy, where he was a member of the National Honor Society and the Art Club. MacAndrew also played on the football team, the basketball team and ran track.

David Pryor of Waxahachie, son of Scott and Jackie Bailey, will attend the Air Force Academy. He attended Waxahachie High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society, the band and the chorus. Pryor also attended the Air Force Prep last year.

Christina Salinas of Crowley, daughter of Joe and Ofilia Salinas, will attend the Air Force Academy. She attended Crowley High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society, the band, the chorus, the Student Council and Texas Girls State.


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