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May 15, 2018

Eastside High School senior, Tyler Davis, is one step closer to his career goal of becoming a naval aviator. On May 2, Davis, witnessed by his pastor, family, classmates, teammates, teachers, and United States Representative Jody Hice, signed commitment papers to attend the United States Naval Academy located in Annapolis, Maryland.

“This is really an exciting day, said Congressman Hice. “One of the highlights of the job of a congressman is to be able to be a part of these type of ceremonies. Tyler is the first person we have ever nominated that actually received three different appointments. Of course he accepted the Naval Academy, but he was also approved, accepted and wanted by the Military Academy at West Point and the Air Force Academy in Colorado. This is a huge deal. It is equivalent to a full-ride scholarship at any Ivy League school in the country. This rivals, and in my opinion surpasses, any of them—free room and board, medical and dental and even a stipend every month. Afterwards, he will be committing to serve in our military as well. It does my heart so much good to know that we are having lead us in the coming years in our military the greatest cream of the crop, young men and women, that this country has to offer. Tyler just far exceeds those expectations and achievements in his life already.”

According to Hice, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, appointment to one of the military academies requires scholastic excellence as well as athletic excellence and social involvement and leadership. And Davis fit all of those requirements.

During his time at Eastside High School, Davis has participated in varsity soccer, the National Honor Society, History Club, Varsity Cross Country, and FBLA. He has also volunteered at the YMCA and recently won the YMCA-2017 Teen Volunteer of the Year award.

“This is definitely one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make,” said Davis. “I’m just very blessed to have people around me to help me make the best decision possible. After visiting all of the academies over the span of January, March, and April, I decided that the Naval Academy was the best fist for me. It was a very tough choice between the other prestigious academies. They are all great schools but I believe that the Naval Academy provides more opportunities for me after graduation.”

Davis said his ultimate goal is to be a naval aviator and fly the F/A-18 Hornet.