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Nine GCPS seniors offered appointments to service academies

May 11, 2022

     The nation’s military service academies have offered appointments to nine Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) students. These soon-to-be graduates—representing six high schools—received appointments to military service academies for the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Merchant Marine service branches. In addition to the prestige of attending the academies, the students earned $3.5 million in scholarship money. Mill Creek, Mountain View, and Parkview high schools each had two students who received appointments. Archer, Brookwood, and Duluth high schools each had one student who received an academy appointment.

     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 eight GCPS seniors were offered service academy appointments:

Archer High School  

Bryson Rylander—United States Naval Academy

Brookwood High School  

William Smith—United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)

Duluth High School

Myles Hall—United States Naval Academy

Mill Creek High School

Brendan Brannock—United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)

Kathryn Scales—United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)

Mountain View High School

Kyle Hennelly—United States Merchant Marine Academy

Diego Martinez—United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)

Parkview High School

Ethan Davis—United States Naval Academy

Joshua Kim—United States Air Force Academy