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Four HHS Seniors Awarded Service Academy Appointments

Four Huntsville High School graduating seniors from the Class of 2018 are receiving service academy appointments and will enter one of the prestigious military academies this fall.  Each student will get a full scholarship that includes room and board. The four Huntsville High students are AnnMarie Dunford (U.S. Air Force Academy), Moira Camacho (U.S. Naval Academy), Luke Haider (U.S. Naval Academy), and Te’Yanna Byrd (USMA Preparatory School). 

Congressman Mo Brooks recognized all nine appointees from North Alabama at a reception held this afternoon at the Huntsville / Madison County Public Library.  Congressman Brooks said “that’s quite an achievement” for one high school to have four appointments in one year, adding, “its unique to my time in congress.”  Students who are nominated are typically school leaders, national merit scholars, and represent some of the best young men and women in the community.  Not only do these students have to meet very high academic standards to be selected, they must also pass rigorous physical and medical exams and commit to at least five years of military service. 

Each of the four Huntsville High service academy appointees have been influenced by a family member who has served in the military.  AnnMarie Dunford’s father spent thirty years in the military, while Moira Comacho’s dad is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.  Te’Yanna Byrd’s parents served in the military and says she wants to follow in their footsteps to serve her country.  Luke Haider had researched many colleges but said after seeing what the academy had to offer, it seemed the best choice for him. Many of the students were not able to be there at today’s reception but were recognized for this achievement at their high school graduation ceremony.