Ten Students Nominated; Four Have Already Received Appointments

During an event on February 10th, 24 students in the Fourth Congressional District were nominated for the United States Military Academies. Among them were ten high school students from the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) who were singled out and recognized for their dedication, bravery, and desire to serve. Four of the DCSD students have already earned academy appointments.

All steeped in tradition, the military academies represented in this nominated group include the US Air Force Academy (USAFA), the US Military Academy West Point (USMA), and the US Naval Academy in Annapolis (USNA).

The students, listed alphabetically by school, are:

  • Daysha Edwards | Arabia Mountain High School | USAFA, USNA
  • *Nathan Jovanovic | Chamblee High School | USAFA, USMA
  • Michelle Castillo | Cross Keys High School | USMA
  • Stacey Baaheth | DeKalb School of the Arts | USAFA, USMA
  • Aidan Drew | Druid Hills High School | USAFA, USNA
  • *Blake Boettcher | Dunwoody High School | USNA, USMA
  • *Kyle Marsh | Lakeside High School | USAFA, USNA
  • *Collin Seals | Stephenson High School | USNA
  • Jarell Daniels | Towers High School | USMA
  • JerKarean West | Towers High School | USMA

*Nathan Jovanovic, Blake Boettcher, Collin Seals, and Kyle Marsh have already received military academy appointments.

Congressman Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. (D-GA) told the students during the event that their service is needed more than during these uncertain times.

“You all going into the military are at the vanguard of making sure that we can continue to live the lives that we enjoy and enjoy the freedom that we enjoy,” said Congressman Johnson. “There will always be some tyrant who would come to conquer our land and take it for themselves for the riches and the power. This is what you are signing up for.”

The event showcased the color guard from Towers High School’s JROTC, a video presentation by Congressman Johnson, and certificates of achievement for the students.