Class of 2008 has highest
number of military offers

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

Naval Academy

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

West Point

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