LAWRENCEVILLE - Along with a record number of graduates, Gwinnett County had its highest-ever number of military academy appointments.
This year, 27 Gwinnett County Public Schools students and one Buford High student were offered military academy appointments. Offers were also made to pupils who attend private schools.
"Year after year I am amazed at the level of dedication and commitment these young men and women reflect in their eagerness to serve their country," U.S. Rep. John Linder, R-Duluth, said in a news release. "Military service is never easy and, in a dangerous time when wartime service is more likely, it is encouraging to see these young candidates resolute and committed to serve."
Linder and other elected officials nominate students to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., and the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo.
Below is a list of students who have reported accepting offers to attend these prestigious schools:
Air Force Academy
Chase Anderson, Mill Creek High
Asher Clark, Peachtree Ridge High
Matthew Siverio, Shiloh High
Michael Carothers, Greater Atlanta Christian School
James Deal, Brookwood High
Mark Elliot Johnson II, Wesleyan School
David Kilgore, Brookwood High
Michelle Lanford, Duluth High
Paul Neidhardt, Brookwood High
Rachael Duval, Hebron Christian Academy
Kempton Greenwood, Collins Hill High
Joshua Jackson, Brookwood High
Matthew Joiner, Collins Hill High
Armann Mackey, Brookwood High
Jarrett Mackey, Brookwood High
Michael Maldonado, Brookwood High
Jarrod Zakkary Oliver, Buford High