Three outstanding young men from Eastern Washington recently earned appointments to United States Military Academies:
Seth Montgomery (Naval Academy)
Seth is a senior at Mead High School with a perfect 4.0 and a member of the National Honor Society. Seth has achieved his high grades while taking honors and AP courses while being heavily involved in sports. Seth is a two year varsity baseball player, three year varsity football player and four year American Legion baseball player. His football coach describes Seth as having a fanatical work ethic and being a team leader. His teachers describe him as highly motivated, talented, and capable. Seth is seeking appointment to the Naval Academy with the intention of becoming a Marine Corps officer.
Changyoung “Chris” Lee (Naval Academy)
Chris attends Shadle Park High School, has a 3.974 GPA (through his junior year, his only B was in AP Eng Lng & Comp), ACT Score was 30. He came to the U.S. with his family from South Korea when he was 9 years old, knowing no English. In his application letter, he stated “I am willing to submit myself to a cause greater than myself and to dedicate my abilities for the good of the country, to protect freedoms and to establish and maintain an environment where future generations will be able to prosper.”
Daniel W. Hawbaker (West Point)
Daniel is a senior at Pullman High School and has distinguished himself in the classroom and as a varsity swimmer. In the classroom Daniel has maintained an impressive 3.91 GPA despite his challenging AP and honors classes. As a four year varsity swimmer, Daniel has been a team captain, three time state championship participant, and been recognized with awards for his sportsmanship and inspirational attitude. As an active member of the community, Daniel has served on the Pullman police advisory committee as a student representative and on the cities safety advisory committee. His teachers and swim coach call him a natural leader and praise his critical thinking skills and work ethic.
All three appointees went through a very competitive nomination process and were chosen based on academic qualifications, leadership ability, physical aptitude, and an interview with my academy nomination board.
These young men represent some of Eastern Washington’s best and brightest. I am truly thankful for their willingness to serve our country, and have no doubt they will be very successful at their respective academies. Please join me in recognizing Seth, Chris, and Daniel!