Two Cherokee County School District Class of 2013 graduates have earned U.S. Military Academy appointments.
Trey Alexander, son of Claude Jr. and Tanya Alexander, who graduated from Woodstock High School, has been appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Ben McFarlin, son of Rolly and Linda McFarlin, who graduated from Creekview High School, has been appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Both men participated in basic training this summer, and will begin classes this month.
“We’re incredibly proud of Ben,” McFarlin’s mother said. “We were there as a family, along with his girlfriend, Emily Zimmerman, when Ben reported for Cadet Basic Training, also known as ‘Beast Barracks,’ on July 1. We’ll be there again on Aug. 17 for Acceptance Day, when he’ll officially become a West Point cadet.”
McFarlin received a Presidential Nomination and nominations from U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia) and U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell).
While a student at Creekview, McFarlin served as the president of the Environmental Club and a co-executive of the school’s Habitat for Humanity chapter. He was a Superintendent’s Key Scholar and was selected “Senior Senator” for Georgia at the American Legion’s Boys Nation event.
Alexander was appointed to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy by Isakson.
Alexander participated in National Signing Day to play football for the Academy. A Woodstock High School football standout, he was named Defensive Player of the Year by the Gridiron Club for both his junior and senior seasons and was a 2013 Dooley Award winner.
Alexander also made All-County Honorable Mention as a basketball player for the school and was a member of the National Honor Society.
“We are very proud of Trey. He has been and continues to be obedient, respectful, responsible, strong, courageous, dedicated, protective and much more. All of these characteristics will carry him to great heights,” Alexander’s mother said. “It was truly an honor when Trey received his nomination from U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson.”