East County youth Richard Wheeler, 19, is fulfilling his dream of attending a U.S. military academy.
Wheeler, a 2011 graduate of Lakewood Ranch High School, left Tuesday, June 26, for the U.S. Naval Academy, where he will begin six weeks of boot camp.
“I’ve always liked the idea of getting military training while going to school,” Wheeler said. “It seemed like such a high honor to get.”
Wheeler received his appointment to the Naval Academy from Congressman Vern Buchanan, earlier this year.
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24 Food Fight
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26 Lakewood Ranch Republican Club Luncheon
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27 KidsCreate: Outdoor Pinting for Children
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27 Health & Wellness Expo
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PHOTO GALLERY: Braden River at Lakewood Ranch
The Braden River High football team defeated district rival Lakewood Ranch 21-6 Sept. 19. With the win, the Pirates improved to 4-0 for the first time in school history while beating the Mustangs for the first time since 2009.
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PDQ restaurant opens Sunday
The PDQ (People Dedicated to Quality) restaurant chain is known for its fresh chicken tenders, sandwiches and salads and homemade sauces and dressings.