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Seven Gwinnett students offered military appointments

May 11, 2021

     The nation’s military service academies have offered appointments to seven Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) students. These soon-to-be graduates, representing six high schools, received military appointments from the Air Force, Army, and Navy,

     In addition to the prestige of receiving a military academy appointment, these students have earned more than $2.78 million in scholarship money. Gwinnett’s appointments include two students from Archer High School and one student from each of the following schools: Discovery High School, Grayson High School, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, Mill Creek High School, and Peachtree Ridge High School.

     The U.S. Service Academies are four-year postsecondary institutions that combine educational excellence with military officer training. Students accepted to the academies receive a free, four-year education in return for a commitment to serve in the active-duty military after graduation. In order to be admitted, students must receive a congressional nomination from either their U.S. Representative or Senator and must meet the highly competitive educational and extracurricular standards that are set by the individual academies as well as standards for physical aptitude and medical fitness.

The following students received military service academy appointments.

Archer High School  

Kitana Burgard—United States Air Force Academy

Zion Jackson—United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)


Discovery High School  

Andrew Miller-Craig— United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)


Grayson High School  

Marbu Neal—United States Air Force Academy


Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology  

Matthew Purvis—United States Naval Academy


Mill Creek High School  

Hunter Dunnington— United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)


Peachtree Ridge High School  

Bridget Hoang—United States Naval Academy