FORSYTH COUNTY — Several high school seniors who are preparing to graduate this week are set to attend a United States military academy for their post-secondary education.
Congressman Doug Collins of Northeast Georgia’s District 9 announced the U.S. Naval Academy offered Cassandra Haller of Cumming and a soon-to-be graduate of West Forsyth High admission as a cadet in the Class of 2019.
“An appointment to the Naval Academy is a tremendous honor,” Collins said. “I know [she] will represent our district with honor in Annapolis, Md., and I wish [her] the very best as [she] embark[s] on a new and challenging chapter of [her] life.”
Haller will graduate in the top 7 percent of her class and is a leading athlete on the West soccer team.
Also graduating from West, Joshua Lambert will attend the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and Michel Toure will enter the U.S. Military Academy.
Representing Forsyth Central High, Jonathan Castell was accepted to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in New York.
Castell played on the school’s lacrosse team, has participated in the BETA and DECA clubs and is a Boy Scout, having earned his Eagle Scout badge.
Three students from South Forsyth High received appointments into military academies, too.
Griffin Landrum will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Landrum maintained a 4.0 GPA while participating in National Honors Society and Beta Club and was a Link Leader, helping transition freshmen to high school. He played football and ran track all four years of high school, being a captain on his school’s football team for two years and earning All-Region after his junior season.
Shelby Threlkeld was offered admission to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
Threlkeld played guard and was captain for the South girls’ varsity basketball team. She is also receiving an IB diploma in addition to her regular diploma and is a member of FCA.
Harrison Young plans to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Young was captain of the school’s wrestling team for two years and a Link Leader.
Lambert High’s John “JJ” Clements will attend the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to pursue engineering and is playing on the baseball team.
Also graduating from Lambert, William “Will” Dunavant plans to enter the U.S. Military Academy and will play on their football team after committing to various clubs and organization in high school.