NORTH FORSYTH -- Though many high school seniors are beginning to get acceptance letters from colleges in the mail, two North Forsyth High School soon-to-be-graduates got their letter from a school asking them to serve their country.
Bryan Garcia and Shaun Herock Jr. have been appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and intend to begin college there after graduation this summer.
Garcia was nominated by 9th District U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, who serves north Forsyth and Gainesville.
The Forsyth County News featured him in its bi-weekly Scholastic Student Spotlight series, where he highlighted his wish to major either in political science, international affairs or engineering.
“My long-term goal is to use my experience in the military and get involved in politics, especially in issues dealing with foreign policy or national defense, or to make a revolutionizing breakthrough in engineering later in life,” he told the FCN for the series.
Herock Jr. was nominated by Collins and by U.S. Senator David Perdue.
A member of Congress, the vice president or a service branch secretary must nominate students to an academy — the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, or the Naval Academy.
The Coast Guard does not require an appointment.
Final appointments are made by individual academies.
“The appointments required an intensive application and interview process,” said Eve Phillips, media specialist at North, “during which students throughout the country compete for coveted slots in the freshman class.”
Upon completion at the academy, each will receive a commission as an officer in his chosen branch.
“The Raider Nation is proud of Bryan and Shaun,” Phillips said, “and their commitment to excellence which is represented by this achievement.”