Bonita’s Derrick McCanless Ready to Ship Out

May 11, 2010
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Naval Academy Rotunda

Naval Academy Rotunda

Bonita High School Principal Mr. Robert Ketterling is pleased to announce that graduating Senior, Derrick McCanless, has been appointed to attend the United States Naval Academy.  Derrick is scheduled to report to Annapolis, Ma.,this summer to begin his four-ear training program at the Naval Academy.


Derrick will be graduating from Bonita High School ranked in the top four percent of his class.  Derrick’s achievements, however, extend much further than academic success. He has been recognized as the Bonita Football Booster Award recipient for his excellence on the field of play and has been nominated to the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame as a Scholar Athlete. For all four years of high school, Derrick has been both a member of the California Scholastic Federation (CSF) and a Miramonte League Scholar Athlete.


Derrick will be joining Jeffrey Davis, a Bonita High School graduate of the class of 2008.  Jeffrey started his Naval Academy training shortly after high school graduation. In addition to his academic and military studies, Jeffrey is a varsity starter on the Naval Academy’s nationally ranked water polo team.


Bonita High School has a rich tradition of excellence with Service Academies, currently having graduates also in attendance at the United States Air Force Academy (Gregory Hart – BHS ’07) and at the Virginia Military Institute (Aaron Castro – BHS ’07).


Service Academies pose a unique challenge for applicants desiring to attend. These schools consistently rank among the most difficult universities to gain admissions; a balance of excellence in athletics, academics, and leadership is essential for consideration. On completion, graduates serve in their respective branch of military service for a minimum of five years. Many will go on after military service to become leaders in government and business.


Congratulations to all of these young men and women. Their selfless service and their desire to make a difference is an inspiration to us all!


Written by Keith Garwick, La Verne Resident and United States Military Academy, West Point graduate, class of 1988.

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