Students get military academy appointments

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Pilot Point, appointed 19 North Texans to four military academies for the upcoming school year.

Applicants to the country’s top service academies must receive a nomination from a member of Congress, an academy superintendent, the U.S. vice president or another military connection to attend. To receive a nomination, applicants must meet academic, leadership and physical standards.

Burgess announced the nominations from his district during a reception hosted by the The Colony earlier this month. The students are expected to graduate in spring 2022 and continue serving in the military.

“The Armed Forces are our arsenal of democracy, and our most critical resource,” Burgess said in a news release. “On behalf of the 26th Congressional District, I commend these young men and women who have pursued and accepted the call to serve.”

The student appointees include:

  • U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York — Clayton Brewer of Keller, Hunter Cochran of Westlake, Ben McAfee of Sanger, Charles McCartney of Trophy Club, Matthew Musser of North Richland Hills, Brenden Stanton of Flower Mound and Joshua Williams of Frisco.
  • U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland — Duke Carrillo of Flower Mound, Dylan Carrillo of Flower Mound, Katherine Halbert of Keller, Lexis Nelson of Keller, Nick Sigman of Frisco and Peng Thang of Lewisville.
  • U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado — Rayomand Bam of Flower Mound, Brayden Dragoo of Flower Mound, Alicia Kwasny of Keller and Moh-Julien Ntchobo of North Richland Hills.
  • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York — Hayden Grant of Trophy Club and Michael Sobieski of Frisco.

Denton ISD

Graduate gets McMath band scholarship

Tommy Brooks, a recent graduate of Ryan High School, recently received a $1,000 scholarship named after a longtime Denton band director.

The Carroll McMath Band Scholarship is awarded annually to a senior who exhibits outstanding achievement in academics, leadership and music.

McMath was a band director at Denton High School for more than three decades.

In addition, he was inducted into the Texas Band Directors Hall of Fame in 1992.

Brooks, the son of Tom and Tammy Brooks, was a percussionist at Ryan High and will attend Texas A&M University in Commerce in the fall to study music education.

— Compiled by Caitlyn Jones

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