ALAMO – A PSJA Memorial Early College High School student was recently nominated by Congressman Vicente Gonzalez to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Jackelyn Mendoza was one of 17 students nominated by the Congressman for this honor.

“I am excited to see so many young South Texans interested in serving their country,” said Congressman Gonzalez in a press release. “Each of these students already embodies the very values that military service instills in a person: humility, leadership, loyalty, and a strong work ethic. It is a privilege to represent them in the U.S. House of Representatives and to nominate them for such an honor.”

The application process for most U.S. Service Academies involves receiving a nomination from a U.S. House Representative, U.S. Senator, the Vice President, or the President. Once the nomination is confirmed, the Academy will review the candidate to determine admission. Students who are accepted become scholar soldiers at some of the most prestigious institutions in America.

For Mendoza, receiving this Congressional Nomination is a tremendous honor. She looks forward to giving back in the near future by serving her country and helping her community.

"I'm excited about the U.S. Air Force Academy because it sets you up for life and instills discipline," said the Senior. "I appreciate everything PSJA has done for me. That's why I want to come back and give back to my community."

Mendoza plans to graduate with an Associate Degree in Science from South Texas College in May. She will be graduating under the Distinguished Achievement Plan (DAP) and in the Top 10 percent of her class. She is also an active member of the PSJA Memorial ECHS National Honor Society and Student Council.

To be eligible to attend a U.S. Service Academy, applicants need to be of appropriate age, have an aptitude for leadership, and possess the commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.