A Tuloso-Midway High School student was one of 1,500 candidates who beat out 10,000 other applicants for appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.
Marcus Kellogg, a senior at Tuloso-Midway High School, said he was notified by the U.S. Air Force Academy of his official appointment to the Air Force Academy Class of 2014 in mid-January. The scholarship he will be receiving is valued at over $400,000.
"It's kind of a big monkey off my back," Marcus said. "I've always dreamed of going (to the Air Force Academy)…now it's happened."
Marcus, who said he was nominated by the office of U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, has been a member of the Tuloso-Midway Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps for the last four years, serving as its commanding officer during his senior year. He is the president of his senior class at TMHS and is the treasurer of the school's National Honor Society.
He is also a member of the school's Aeroscience program where he competes in rocket building and flight demonstrations. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts.
Marcus' instructor in the NJROTC program, Russ McPadden, said Marcus' accomplishment is a well-deserved one for the student, particularly since he has always shown a desire to lead and do great things.
"Once I wrote something on my whiteboard. It said, 'Do something important,'" McPadden said. "I asked several cadets if that meant now or when they were older. (Marcus) was the only one who said, 'Both.'"
Marcus, who is the first member of his family to join the military, said he is hoping to make a career out of serving in the armed forces. His little sister, he added, has also begun to wonder if the military is a route in which she would like to follow in her big brother's footsteps.
"Really and truly, this was a purely self-motivated thing for me," he said. "I'll probably make a career out of it. It'll just depend on where life takes me."
Marcus is the son of Tim and Julie Kellogg of Northwest Corpus Christi. He will report to the U.S. Air Force Academy on June 24.