Trevor Browne Student Accepted to U.S. Army Academy at West Point
Posted by Community Relations Department at 5/22/2013
David Navidad has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Army Academy at West Point. He heard about the famous training ground for leaders as a freshman in his JROTC class, and went to work, hoping to get there someday. To say that JROTC helped in the process is an understatement. His first year in the program, he lost 50 pounds and got in top shape. He says he “went from a zero to a hero.” He moved four ranks in his first full year, was second in command of his unit as a junior, and the battalion commander as a senior, the highest ranking cadet officer. Navidad competed in drill team, color guard and adventure team, winning state twice, and Junior Leadership Academic Bowl, where his team advanced to the second round two years in a row.
“JROTC was a major influence. It gave me confidence, I enjoyed learning about the military background, and putting on the full uniform, and it made me want to continue into leadership roles and further my education. “
Navidad is in the National Honor Society, French Club, and was a member of the track team, wrestling, and basketball, until it interfered with work. He is a sales associate at Foot Locker. Among his community service volunteering, he is most proud of working for the Silver Lining program, teaching the mentally disabled about horse riding and grooming.
Navidad has a 3.9 grade point average and is in the top three percent of his graduating class. He had already received full-ride scholarship offers from the Dorrance Family Foundation and a Deans Scholarship from ASU. But a West Point experience is worth over $400,000. The five-year stint in the army afterward is no problem for Navidad. He will come out of the academy as a second lieutenant and would like to make a career in the military, getting to a colonel or even general. He will be studying mechanical engineering, taking to West Point the lessons he learned from his father.
“My dad is a mechanic, and I would always go with him, fixing cars, lawn care engines, whatever was needed. I started by passing him the tools, and he would teach me what to do. He always said being a mechanic is good because cars break down. As a mechanical engineer, I can work on motors, engines, airplanes, vehicles, HumVees in the military.”
“My parents are really proud of me. There won’t be any financial worries. I will get paid for school and work, and I am doing something that is really hard to get.”