June 12, 2014

Northwest graduate applauded for her commitment

The Daily Citizen

— All too often, the younger generation gets labeled with unjustified criticism.

They’re lazy. They can’t live a minute without their phones. Reality shows rule their lives.

Of course, these statements are complete hyperbole.

That’s why it’s so refreshing to see younger members of society reaching for such great heights.

Take Michaela Yip. The recent Northwest Whitfield High School graduate has received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. After her time at West Point, she will serve five years active duty as a military officer.

U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, will honor five students from the congressional district, including Yip, during a send-off luncheon for military academy appointees on Saturday. Other honorees are Marjorie Bonner, Dade County High School, U.S. Coast Guard Academy; Kylee Daitz, Armuchee High School, U.S. Naval Academy; Cory Morgan, Bremen High School, U.S. Naval Academy; and Justin Pendley, South Paulding High School, U.S. Air Force Academy.

“These five students have proven themselves as some of the best in all of Georgia, and I am grateful they have chosen to devote their lives and talents to serving our country,” Graves said. “I look forward to honoring them at our annual lunch this weekend.”

The academies provide a four-year college education in addition to military officer training. Students pay no tuition, housing, food, books and other college costs. The students do commit to active duty military service as military officers for five years following graduation.

Committing to serve our country is a noble pursuit, as is tackling the challenge of attending a military academy.

We’re glad to see teenagers from the area take on that challenge. Good luck to all of them.