Local students accepted to military academies

Ryan McKinnon
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This year four students from Williamsburg-James City County High Schools were accepted to one of the military academies - and all four of them will be playing sports.

Garrick Colorado, 18

High School: Jamestown

Military Academy: United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY, where he will play baseball

Parents: Ann and Alex Colorado

Most excited for: "I'm excited about being able to go into the real world and see if I can handle this stuff and handle the rigor of the academy."

Most worried about: "I'm doing a lot of running and swimming and pushups and curl-ups, but I think the physical aspect of it is going to be the hardest part."

Future goal: I want to be an officer in the Navy.

Evan Lowery, 18

High School: Jamestown

Military Academy: The Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, where he will play baseball

Parents: Jim and Lisa Lowery

Most excited for: "I'm really excited to play baseball. I'm excited to have a lot of fun playing the game that I love. And a lot of highly motivated individuals attend there."

Most worried about: "The academics are going to be tough, much harder than high school. The course load as well as all the military obligations and the time I have for baseball. Keeping my grades up will definitely be a challenge."

Future goal: "I'm looking into being a pilot. I plan on majoring in aerospace engineering."

Erin Mullen, 17

High School: Warhill

Military Academy: United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT, where she will play lacrosse

Parents: Dan and Wendy Mullen

Most excited for: "I am most excited for playing lacrosse at the academy and majoring in marine and environmental science."

Most worried about: "Mainly the overall stress and everything I have to do mentally and physically. It is just going to be a lot to handle, but I believe I can do it."

Future goal: "I really want to be a marine biologist. I mainly want to study the research and rehab release of marine life."

Trey Neville, 18

High School: Lafayette

Military Academy: United States Military Academy at West Point in West Point, NY, where he will play football

Parents: Tommy and Tara Neville

Most excited for: "That Army-Navy game, to be honest. Navy didn't recruit me the way Army did and I'm still feeling kind of burned about that. I'm ready to go show them what's up."

Most worried about: "I don't know really. I'm gonna miss my family, but I wouldn't really say I'm worried about anything."

Future goal: "I want to be in the army for as long as I am successful in it. I'm not sure what I want to do. I think flying helicopters would be cool, but every former football player I talk to said if you go there to play football you go boots-on-the-ground after you graduate."

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