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BHS Seniors Commit to U.S. Military Acadmies


Gaining admission into a military academy is an incredible accomplishment. Devyn Sparke and Joy Kim,two BHS seniors, have committed to attend the United States Naval and United States Air Force Academies, respectively.


For those who don’t know, United States Military Academies are extremely prestigious and competitive schools (USNA’s acceptance rate being 10.8% and USAFA being 16.2%) where students do not pay tuition and serve as a military officer for five years post graduation.


The academies are undoubtedly extremely physically and mentally demanding and definitely not the traditional college experience.


The Eagle’s Cry had the opportunity to interview Devyn and Joy regarding their future.


Joy Kim will be attending the United States Air Force Academy. Inspired by her family’s military service,her Grandfather’s service in the Korean Army, brother’s service in the Air Force, and her Uncle’s attendance at West Point; Joy began dreaming of attending USAFA as a sophomore.


Although Joy is uncertain about her major, she is interested in data science or engineering, and hopes to participate in innovative research as an officer in the Air Force.


Joy said, “I am nervous for challenges, but also so excited for all the opportunities the future holds.”


Devyn Sparke will be attending the United States Naval Academy. Devyn’s interest in attending USNA began when her brother applied to the academy. He was not accepted, but instead of giving up, he chose to enlist. Inspired by her brother’s military service, Devyn began her application.


Devyn is currently undecided on her major, but hopes to become a Naval Aviator.


Devyn shares she is, “Infatuated with the idea of becoming a Naval Officer and being a part of something bigger than [herself].”


Joy officially leaves for Colorado  for I-day –or inprocessing day– June 26. Devyn’s I-Day is on June 27. Unfortunately this means they will miss their BHS graduation ceremony, but will have a small personal ceremony with their close family and friends.


Joy and Devyn have worked incredibly hard in their athletic and academic high school careers and everyone here at BHS is incredibly proud of their achievements.

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Nora Kerrigan
Nora Kerrigan, News Editor
Nora Kerrigan is a junior at Bethpage High School. This is her second year working on The Eagle’s Cry. She is part of the Bethpage gymnastics, spring track, and cross country teams, she is also captain of the marine fitness team. In her spare time she enjoys reading and hanging out with friends.  

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