Staff report

A Melissa High School senior is among more than three dozen students in Texas’ third congressional district to receive a nomination from Congressman Van Taylor to the U.S. service academies.

Brett Schraeder is one of 10 appointees recently nominated by Taylor for the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Receiving a nomination is the first step toward getting appointed to one of the service academies.

As part of the application process, letters of recommendation are also submitted as well as academic, leadership, athletic ability and community service information about the student.

Nominees who earn appointments receive a four-year university education, room and board and medical and dental coverage as well as a stipend in exchange for a five-year military service commitment following graduation.

“It’s been my goal to go to the Air Force Academy since probably my eighth-grade year,” Schraeder said. “Just getting the nomination for the first step has been a big achievement.”

The teen is enrolled in honors classes as well as the dual-credit program at Melissa High School. He plays football and wrestles for the Cardinals, is involved in 4-H, the National Honor Society and the school’s Ultimate Frisbee Club.

Schraeder may receive an update in March regarding what could be a full appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

“Nothing gives me more pride than seeing young Americans stand up to serve their country,” Taylor said in a press release about the students he nominated. “These selfless men and women are sure to have an incredible impact on their communities and their entire nation and I am honored to represent them in Congress.”