• Five SUSD Seniors Receive U.S. Military Academy Appointments

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 5/19/2020

    Sydney Davis      Madison Felker      Jake Murphy      

    Joshua Richards      Joel Rubin

    Five members of the Class of 2020 are joining the elite ranks of the nation's military academies. The six U.S. academies accept only young men and women of the highest character and achievements into their corps. Our Class of 2020 recruits exemplify that, and more.

    Chaparral senior Sydney Davis will head to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado to play soccer for the Falcons. With a weighted GPA of 4.94, Sydney is as serious about her academics as her soccer, successfully completing five Advanced Placement courses and receiving an AP Scholar of Distinction Award. She has made significant contributions to Chaparral High Schools Science Olympiad team, helping lead the school to a 3rd place state finish last year. Sydney cares about the success of her classmates, as evidenced by her leadership role in Chaparral’s MAST math and science student tutoring program and through the Spanish Honor Society, through which she introduced the school to the Pulsera Project that helps support women in Central America with their crafts.

    Sydney will be joined there by fellow Firebird Madison Felker, who will use her significant academic and athletic skills to be a successful Air Force recruit. Madison was a varsity team captain for the Chaparral volleyball team this past season and is a four-year varsity player. She also captains her club volleyball team. She was named All-Region Player of the Year for the 6A Desert Valley Region, won the team’s MVP Award and was named an All-District Athlete for the 2019 season, leading the region in digs and third in the state for digs in the 6A conference. Madison has thrived on the challenge of multiple Honors and AP classes. She is also deeply involved in community organizations such as the Veterans Heritage Project Club, BakPak for Humanity Club and Feed My Starving Children, speaking to her depth of compassion for people that will bring her success at the Air Force Academy.

    Jake Murphy will join his brother Carter on the basketball courts of the Air Force Academy. Jake attended Hopi Elementary School through 4th grade, and has spent his high school career at Arcadia High School. Jake is an exceptional young man who is strong in his convictions and knows who he is, his counselor and social studies teacher tell us. He is hard working and pays close attention to the details so that he always turns in his best work, whether it’s in the classroom or on the basketball court. He is kind and respectful to both faculty and his peers.

    Joshua Richards has played soccer for Saguaro High School for the past four years, serving as its captain this past season. Joshua and his family emigrated to the U.S. from South Africa. That worldly perspective shapes him in everything he does, whether it’s inspiring his teammates on the soccer field, being a lifeguard at city swimming pools, taking the time to listen to people or enrolling in the rigorous curriculum of the Math and Science Academy, from which he will graduate this week with distinction. Josh plans to study biology while he plays soccer at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

    Joel Rubin transferred to Saguaro in his sophomore year. The impact he has had while a Sabercat cannot be understated, as we have learned from his baseball coach, Joe Muecke, who tells us Joel is dedicated to being the best person he can be, inspiring those around him with his energy, ability and competitive leadership. He volunteers for the Miracle League of Arizona baseball program for athletes with disabilities and is exactly the type of person one would want representing your institution and your country. Joel is headed the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, where he will play baseball for the Black Knights.

    Military academy appointments come with an all-expenses-paid college education. In return, by accepting these appointments, these members of SUSD’s Class of 2020 commit to the stipulation that they serve in their respective service branch for five years.