James Garrison thought he was walking into a meeting with his counselor about a possible scholarship opportunity Friday morning. It was a scholarship opportunity-- one of a lifetime! Garrison was surprised to see his family waiting for him in the classroom with 25th District U.S. Congressmen, Roger Williams, his teachers and principals, Superintendent, Chris Allen, the Assistant Superintendents, and a host of photographers and news reporters. Congressmen Williams made the surprise visit to Marble Falls High School to personally present Garrison with a nomination to the United States Air Force Academy!
“Every year, our office nominates several students to attend Service Academies across the country, this year we had the great opportunity to nominate James Garrison from Marble Falls High School to attend the United States Air Force Academy,” said Congressman Williams. “By volunteering to serve our Country, and being willing to fight for it, that makes him a true patriot.”
Earning a nomination to the Air Force Academy places Garrison in a select group of students. Each member of Congress and the Vice President may have only five cadets at the Air Force Academy at any one time. To make it even more elite, vacancies only occur when cadets graduate or leave prior to graduation.
with Scout Masters and Recruiter
“James just earned the rank of Eagle Scout Monday night,” said MFHS Counselor, Niki Fuss. “It’s one more way that James demonstrates that he is a strong leader, and there is no doubt in my mind that one day he will accomplish great things!”
Garrison was joined by his family and his father, Jessie, and mother, Debbie, at the nomination presentation. Garrison’s father reports that James has already enlisted in the Army, and is scheduled to report just 12 days after graduation, but that his recruiter will “tear up the contract” when he is accepted for service at the Air Force Academy.
For more pictures from the presentation, visit: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B1m69h-D1w1aN1VqdlU5dlBzMUU?usp=sharing
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