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McHenry honors future and past soldiers PDF Print
Written by Lauren Ohnesorge   
Monday, 04 June 2007 06:38

Congressman Patrick McHenry honored his military academy nominees at a special reception on Friday.

With less than a month to go before the students are off to academy, McHenry had a few words of advice. McHenry told students to sleep late now, because come July, those leisurely days will be over.  

Getting into an academy is a big deal, bigger even than parents like Avery County’s Bob and Gaila Hodgin realized. Their advice to interested students is: start early.

 

Zachary had a choice between West Point and the Naval Academy. Now that he’s made the decision to go Navy, he leaves at the end of June.

 

 

 

 

 

Also on Friday, McHenry honored nine 10th district veterans. Among those honored was Avery County’s Mickey Brown, a Vietnam veteran. Brown was presented with the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars. Also honored were Jerry Pope, Clay Henderson, Claude Hoke, Jimmy Holman and Jack Kuster, Posthumously awarded medals were Charles McSwain, John Gantt and Jack Wilson. 

McHenry's Academy nominees for 2007 are:

Zachary Hodgin, Avery County High School, son of Gaila and Bob Hodgin, admitted to the United States Naval Academy


Patrick Northam, Freedom High School, son of Linda and George Northam, admitted to the United States Military Academy at West Point


Brandon Beckler, Fred T. Foard High School, son of Sandra and Erick Beckler, admitted to the United States Naval Academy


Bethany Derby *, Naval Academy Prep, daughter of Beverly M. Derby, admitted to the United States Naval Academy


Benjamin Gibbs, Hickory High School, son of Lee and Benjamin Gibbs, admitted to the United States Military Academy at West Point


Tripp Johnson (J. Eulan III), Hickory High School, son of Nancy and Eulan Johnson, admitted to the United States Military Academy at West Point


Steven Klecha, Saint Stephens High School, son of Patricia and Thomas Klecha, admitted to the United States Military Academy at West Point


Micah Penley, Fred T. Foard High School, son of Kim and Richard Penley, admitted to the United States Naval Academy


Tristan Setzer *, Naval Academy Prep., son of Victoria and Ryan Setzer, admitted to the United States Naval Academy

 

Kenneth Evans*, Naval Academy Prep, son of Elizabeth and Nelson Evans, admitted to the United States Naval Academy


Andrew Schweickert, Lake Norman High School, son of Laura and Vincent Schweickert, admitted to United States Air Force Academy

  
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