Honoring Exceptional Local Students in West Texas

Today, I had the privilege of meeting with some talented high school students in Lubbock. I visited Trinity Christian High School, where I presented senior Daniel Kale Wilsford with his appointment to the Military Academy at West Point. Every year, dozens of smart, athletic, and dedicated students apply for a nomination to one of our nation’s military academies. Once nominated, they compete against the best and brightest in the country for acceptance at West Point, the Air Force Academy, and the Naval Academy. And of course—that’s just the beginning of the challenge. Kale and his peers will go on to complete four intense years of scholarship, physical training, and military leadership. When they graduate, they will be prepared to join the ranks of our military’s officers, becoming true heroes that have volunteered their service to our country. I’m incredibly proud of Kale and all the students in our area that have earned acceptance at our military academies. If you or a student you know is interested in applying, visit my website.

I also had the chance to honor the Lubbock High School Science Bowl Team on winning the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl’s regional competition. The Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. The Lubbock High School team will be among among 24 teams that will go on to compete in the finals in Washington, DC this April. They’ll face other regional champs in a question-and-answer quiz on subjects ranging from biology to physics, and chemistry to math. They’ve already won $1,000 for the Lubbock High School science department, and I’m incredibly proud of all the hard work they’ve put in. We need students to engage in science, technology, engineering, and math if our country is going to continue leading innovation in the world economy.


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