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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/Arlington, is honored to announce the appointments of four area students to the U.S. service academies.

This year’s class includes not only accomplished students, but also decorated athletes and talented musicians.

In order to gain admission to 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 four appointees 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 are among the best universities in the United States, and each plays a key role in developing many of our nation’s finest leaders," said Barton.

"I want to congratulate these students for what they have already accomplished in their lives and support them as they move forward with their education. They are beginning a time of dedicated learning and service to our nation."

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

· Daniel Bryce of Red Oak will attend the United States Military Academy at West Point. He graduated from Canterbury Episcopal School in DeSoto. Daniel played basketball and rugby while in high school. He was also involved with Model United Nations and debate club. Daniel was a member of the National Honor Society, Science Student of the Year (2008-2009) and he won a Gold Medal of Achievement from the Royal Rangers. He is also a church musician and plays bass in a band.

· Caitlin Campbell of Midlothian will attend the Air Force Academy in the fall. She graduated a semester early from Midlothian High School so she could focus on her goal of getting into the USAFA. Caitlin is an accomplished athlete who played volleyball and ran track for the Panthers and was actually recruited to play volleyball for the USAFA.

· Daniel Hamaker of Midlothian will attend the United State Air Force Academy. He graduated from Midlothian High School where he was a member of the Science Club, the National Honor Society, and Student Council. Daniel was part of the school band’s drum line and ran track and cross country. He is also an Eagle Scout and performed with his church’s praise band.

· Spence Morton of Ennis will attend the United State Military Academy at West Point. He graduated from Ennis High School where he played football and competed on the power lifting team. Spence was also a member of Ennis’ Technology Committee and part of the high school’s Technology Student Association. He is also enlisted in the Texas Army National Guard.

Please join the congressman in congratulating these young people on their accomplishments and wishing them well as they train to become the future leaders of our country.


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Dr. L. J. Morton (Dad) 10/09/2012 13:32:21
I am very proud of you.
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