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Melissa High School senior, Brett Schraeder, is one of 38 students in Texas’ Third Congressional District to receive a nomination from Congressman Van Taylor to the U.S. Service Academies.
Schraeder is one of 10 students in the Class of 2024 Academy Appointees nominated by Congressman Taylor to the U.S. Air Force Academy. The application process involved submitting letters of recommendation along with information about athletic ability, academics, leadership, and community service.
This nomination is the initial step in the process of getting appointed to a U.S. Service Academy. Schraeder expects to receive an update next month regarding what he hopes will be his full appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy.
“It’s been my goal to go to the Air Force Academy since probably my eighth grade year,” Schraeder said. “Just getting the nomination for the first step has been a big achievement.”
A press release from Congressman Taylor states that nominees who earn an appointment receive a four-year university education, room and board, medical and dental coverage and a stipend in exchange for a five-year military service commitment upon graduation.
Schraeder is involved in 4-H and the National Honor Society, in addition to playing football and wrestling for the Melissa Cardinals. He’s also part of the Ultimate Frisbee Club at school. Academically, Schraeder has taken all honors classes and is enrolled in the dual credit program at Melissa High School.
Congressman Taylor said, “Nothing gives me more pride than seeing young Americans stand up to serve their country. These selfless men and women are sure to have an incredible impact on their communities and their entire nation and I am honored to represent them in Congress.”
Maddie Coe, Director of Communications