CHS senior to attend U.S. Naval Academy

Thursday, February 5, 2009

A Cassville High School senior, Cheyann Essley, has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. She was nominated for this appointment by U.S. Congressman Roy Blunt.

"These students are among the outstanding leaders and role models other students and teachers look up to," said Congressman Blunt. "They lead both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities.

"Cheyann will be trained to be one of our military leaders of the future," added Blunt. "It's an experience that will guide her her entire life and provide lasting benefits for our country."

Essley will be following in the footsteps of her parents when she embarks upon her military career. Both of Cheyann's parents, Billy and Lisa Essley, served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Cheyann is a top student at CHS and active in extracurricular activities. She has lettered in cross country and track and also holds a black belt in mixed martial arts.

Cheyann plans to study chemical engineering at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and serve in the Marine Corps as an officer.

"By attending the Naval Academy, I will become the strong individual that I was born to be, and I will have attained the honor I have always wished for - to serve my country," wrote Cheyann in her application essay.

Cheyann was interviewed by a committee of southwest Missouri residents who make recommendations to Congressman Blunt about each candidate's qualifications for nomination to the U.S. service academies. Applicants are selected on the basis of leadership skills, academic achievement, physical aptitude and extracurricular activites.

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