BHS senior receives academy nomination

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

BHS senior receives academy nominationBurroughs High School senior Gavin Vigneault earned a service academy nomination from Rep. Kevin McCarthy, an important requirement in the competitive process of applying to United States academies.

BHS Principal Bryan Auld noted that given the size of McCarthy’s district — which includes Bakersfield, Antelope Valley and beyond — even earning the opportunity for an interview with the selection panel is an impressive achievement.

“However, to receive an appointment is a great honor.”

Auld noted that Gavin worked hard to put himself in a position to be eligible to apply. “I am exceedingly confident that Gavin will represent himself, his family and his community very well as he embarks on this new chapter in his life.

“I am also very proud of the fact that Burroughs High School has had a number of academy appointments over the years. Gavin joins a very exclusive and impressive group of Burroughs alumni who went before him.”

The process begins when high school principals within the 23rd Congressional District nominate an outstanding student for appointment. McCarthy’s office then screens students and selects a top pick, as well as several others in case academy admission falls through.

Students are expected to be notified at the end of this month whether they have officially been accepted into an academy.

Gavin was selected as the top congressional pick for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. His elder brother, 2018 BHS Graduate Grant Vignealt, was the selectee during last year’s appointment process for the U.S. Naval Academy.

Two other Burros — senior Trevor Frisbee and 2018 graduate Evelyn Witherell — also earned appointments as competitive alternates. Trevor was selected as an alternate to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and the Merchant Marine Academy.

Evelyn was selected as an alternate to the U.S. Naval Academy.

“I am proud to nominate these students to our nation’s distinguished service academies. Each one displays the core values of honor and courage in their commitment to serve our country,” said McCarthy. “I congratulate each of them in their pursuit of becoming future leaders in our armed forces.”

Story First Published: 2018-12-07