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Service to Country: 3 Seniors Accepted into U.S. Military Academies

May 21, 2019

Two Friar cadets are headed to Navy and Maryland, while one ventures to Army and West Point in New York.


Payton Comstock (from left), Michelle Eckhoff and Jacob Marchetti.

After graduating from Fenwick this coming Friday, Class of ’19 members and swimming/water polo student-athletes Michelle Eckhoff and Payton Comstock will make final preparations for their new lives as plebes at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Friar classmate Jacob Marchetti, meanwhile, is bound for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, ready to serve in the U.S. Army.

All three soon-to-be Fenwick alumni have been thinking about going into the military since grammar school. Now their dreams are quickly becoming reality. Here’s a glimpse at the service-oriented trio:

  • Payton Comstock went to Notre Dame School in Clarendon Hills, where he and his family live. In addition to studying computer engineering, he will play water polo for the Midshipmen.
  • Michelle Eckhoff resides in Elmhurst and attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Grade School. “I aspire to be a pilot,” she says.
  • Jake Marchetti, from Forest Park, is a graduate of Ascension Catholic Elementary School in Oak Park. “I hope to pursue mechanical engineering,” he reports.

Air Force (Pending)


VJ Venable should take flight for the U.S. Air Force Academy in the spring of 2020.

“Really, we have three and a half seniors attending military academies from the Class of 2019,” says Rich Borsch, Director of College Counseling at Fenwick. That’s because the Falcon Foundation has awarded a preparatory scholarship to Valerie Jean Venable. “VJ will attend Northwestern Preparatory School in California,” explains Mr. Borsch. “Upon successful completion of a year of study, she will attend the Air Force Academy” in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Friar Nation salutes all four cadets and thank each of you, in advance, for your service to the United States of America!


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