Name: David Acosta, 17, of Cape St. Claire.School...

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January 25, 1993

Name: David Acosta, 17, of Cape St. Claire.

School: Broadneck Senior High.

Accomplishments: David, a senior, maintains an 'A' average.

Because he is a member of his school's chapter of the Distributive Education Club of America, the Future Business Leaders of America and a former participant in Junior Achievement, one might think David is aiming for a career in business. But he is shooting for the moon and more. He plans to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy, become a pilot and eventually an astronaut.

He has built an impressive record of academic accomplishments, extracurricular activities and community involvement.

During the holidays, David was instrumental in coordinating the collection and distribution of canned foods to some 60 needy families in the county.

He also tutors other students at his school and is a former member of the Key Club, a group with ties to the Kiwanis Club, devoted to community service.

In addition, he is the student representative on Broadneck's Human Relations Committee and last year attended a National Conference of Christians and Jews Youth Leadership Conference, where he participated in discussions and seminars that emphasized the importance of treating all people equally.

Two years ago, he helped organize a project to send packages to troops in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm.

He has been captain of Broadneck High's varsity cross country team and a member of the indoor/outdoor track team. He was voted most improved player for the 1992 outdoor track season and the most valuable player on the 1992 cross country team.

David has received a certificate of merit for the National Latin Exam, a silver medal for the National Latin Examination's Latin I Test and is a member of the National Honor Society. In 1991, he was selected for Who's Who Among American High School Students.

David has visited more than 30 states and traveled in Germany, Austria, Hungary and Italy with his father, an Army lieutenant colonel, who was named the first defense attache in Kazakhstan.

David has taken advanced placement tests in history and plans to take more in English and calculus.

David's Comments: "The greatest force anyone can have behind them is a strong family. Without my family, I would not be the individual I am now. I know I can succeed at anything because my family stands behind any endeavor I set out to do."

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