Local high school student signs with US Coast Guard

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) – A local senior just signed with the U.S. Coast Guard after receiving multiple service academy nominations.

Cibola High School senior Gabriel McCallen just made a pretty big decision

It is a great honor for him, for his family and for our region.

“My final decision is to sign with the Coast Guard Academy to further and further my education and swimming career there,” said Cibola high school student Gabriel McCallen.

Gabe is delighted with his decision.

“I’ve been really excited since I got this letter in the mail in November, I wanted to sign but wanted to wait to see what other opportunities I might have just to see what happens but since then I’ve somehow kind of been put on the Coast Guard and it feels good to finally be able to sign,” McCallen said.

Gabe’s dad, Peter McCallen, is in the military, so the military is in the family, he couldn’t be prouder.

“It was really fun to see this year how it all started with academies, sports and obviously school. It was really great to see all of his hard work pay off,” Peter McCallen, Gabe’s father.

After long years of practice, training and studies. It’s great to see Gabe’s dream finally come true.

“I’m just really proud of him and happy with what he’s accomplished and I’m just happy to see that,” Gabe’s swim coach Brad Broschat said.

When one door closes and another opens, it’s definitely a bittersweet moment.

“It will be really nice to finally be able to take the next steps to go to university and pursue my goals, but it will also be a little bittersweet because I have created a lot of memories here in Cibola and it has provided me with a lot great opportunities for me as well as meeting a lot of people who have been great mentors to me in this process, so bittersweet, but I’m excited,” McCallen said.

Locals are excited for Gabe’s upcoming trip, he will officially graduate in May and start with the Coast Guard Academy in June.

Gabe will report to the Coast Guard Academy in June where he will begin his six-week summer, which is the first step taken by new cadets.

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