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McKeon to honor appointees

Community: Local congressman to recognize candidates for U.S. military academies at luncheon

Posted: June 17, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 17, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Congressman  Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, is expected to honor more than a dozen U.S. Military Service Academy appointees at a special luncheon Saturday.

The students, who all earned an appointment to a service academy, such as the United States Military Academy at West Point, recently completed a “long and rigorous” program of study, according to a military-affairs representative in the congressman’s office.

“They really work hard,” J.D. Kennedy said Thursday. “They apply through this office, sit down in front of an interview panel, are interviewed by the academy, undergo medical and psych evaluations.”

This year’s guest speaker is 2nd Lt. Robert “Phillip” Kay Jr. with the United States Marine Corp, a 2001 Distinguished Graduate of the United States Naval Academy.

Kay, who was born in Victorville, was appointed at a similar honorary luncheon four years ago.

The process to earning an academy appointment begins well before the senior year, Kennedy said.

Students typically sign up for the program in their freshman year of high school, and by the end of their program, have excelled in academics, athletics and been involved in their communities in order to be qualified for this honor.

The luncheon gets under way at 11:30 a.m. at the College of the Canyons University Center on Rockwell Canyon Road.

This year, 13 students earned an appointment to academies at West Point, the United States Navy, Air Force and the Merchant Marine.

Three of the students honored earned admission to a prep school.


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