What better way to celebrate our freedom and independence on this 4th of July than to feature JDP senior Jovani on our blog today! How cool that his mom found my portrait work recently and brought him to create with me after his graduation from Howard High School. And though for most kids his age, the summer has just begun, for Jovani that couldn’t be further from the truth. There’s no laying back for this kid over the summer! He has already just begun his journey at the prestigious West Point United States Military Academy.
Jovani is following in his grandparents & his parents footsteps with his service to our country. His dad has served in the Army for almost 24 years now. His mom joined the Coast Guard a few years ago. His grandparents are both retired from the Army. Jovani’s dad’s service made him eligible for a Presidential nomination to West Point. However, that’s just the first step to getting accepted at West Point. He still had to get an appointment to the Academy. The acceptance rate is about 10%. Jovani was one of those 10%, making his parents incredibly proud. Pretty incredible that out of 12,295 applicants only 1,230 entered the class of 2022)
Jovani spent his years in high school as a competitive runner and a musician. The discipline required in both these ventures will serve him well in his military career which he is eager to begin. He’s not sure what his future holds in terms of his career path. He may continue in the military indefinitely serving as his dad has done, possibly in a future FBI role. Time will be his instructor here. If you’d like to chat about portraits that will stop time for you, you can contact us here.
What Jovani does know is that he’s very much looking forward to the family visits that await him to include his pug Sketcher. Sketcher is his best 4 legged buddy and he’s not looking forward to leaving him behind. I have a feeling Sketcher’s going to be waiting daily at the door for Jovani’s return! It’s going to make for a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration when he returns home to visit. I know two other people who will be eagerly awaiting Jovani’s return as well!
Jovani, we thank you for your service and your work ethic that’s gotten you to this point! It is because of young people like you that our flag flies freely, boldly announcing the freedoms that countless have died for over our nation’s history. We look forward to seeing what your future holds and how this world will be a safer place because of your service!
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