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Calloway accepted to Annapolis
James Andrew Calloway, 17, from Nacogdoches is one among only approximately 1300 students accepted into the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland to be part of the Class of 2017. Over 17,000 applied for the prestigious honor to attend the military acad-emy. The four-year sch-olarship is valued at more than $400,000. He received the appointment after having been nomin-ated by U.S. Represent-ative Louis Gohmert. Andrew was recently honored along with the other appointees from Texas who were selected to all 5 of our nation's military academies. The event held in San Antonio on May 27, 2013, was held by U.S. Senator John Cornyn. The Keynote Address was given by retired USAF General T. Michael Moseley. Andrew was also hon-ored, along with 2 fellow students from Nacog-doches County also accepted into the Naval Academy, at a reception held at the Fredonia Hotel in Nacogdoches in early May. The event was host-ed by Tim James, an Aca-demy information officer. The students were recog-nized for their many academic, athletic, extra-curricular, and community service endeavors and honors, which contributed to their having been chosen as candidates. They were challenged by 420th Judicial District Court Judge Ed Klein and Marine Lt. Col. Al Charanza. "I have wanted this since elementary school, said Andrew. "I have had a taste of the military life because my brother Joel joined the Marines three years ago, and that confirmed my desire to go to the Naval Academy." Calloway is keeping his options open for the four-year military university but plans to study its aero-space engineering pro-gram. Following grad-uation he hopes to go to flight school to become a naval aviator. Andrew is the son of Andy and Sharon Delgado from Nacogdoches and Phillip Calloway from Lufkin. His grandparents are James and Barbara Smith from Apple Springs, Laverne Calloway of Lufkin, and the late Rev. Earl Calloway of Lufkin. He is the great-grandson of Meta Witt of Apple Springs, the late Wesley Witt of Apple Springs, the late Milvia Witt of Lufkin, and the late Weaver and Anna B. Smith of Apple Springs. He recently graduated Salutatorian of Douglass High School. He reported to the Academy on June 27 for Induction Day, which be-gins a 6-week long pro-gram of rigorous physical and mental training called Plebe Summer. It is designed to turn civilians into midshipmen.