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Fairfax student accepted to four service academies

At the age of 8, Tim Parks saw a documentary on military academies. "I was watching a documentary on the History Channel about the four service academies; and I remember just being amazed and in awe by the cadets there and I told my parents someday I want to be like that," he recalled. "We are thankful beyond words," his father Sean Parks told ABC7 News.

The senior at Trinity Christian School in Fairfax has done what few students ever do. "Probably less than one percent out of all people who apply actually get this," Tim shared.

The 18-year-old has been accepted to four of the five service academies. He applied to Navy, West Point, the Airforce and Coast Guard academies hoping to get into one. All four have offered tuition, books, board and medical care at no cost.

Cody Phillips, a history teacher at Trinity, thinks Parks discipline will take him far in the military. "Given the measure of his energy and focused attention to get the job done and his academic skills and abilities it's not surprising."

Allison Jordan, a 17-year-old senior at the school, fondly shared "Tim is honestly one of the best guys here. He's really genuine. He's passionate about what he does. He's kind."

The family appreciation for the military started with Park's grandfather; a Pittsburg doctor who offered free medical care to Korean War veterans and their parents as a way of saying, "Thank you for your service."

Now, Park who maintains a 4.1 grade point average, plays basketball, runs cross country, and is an oratorical state champion continues the family legacy. His father, spent 10 years in the Army and 11 in the Army Reserves. I feel amazed by the response I've had from these academies. They want me to serve, not just at their academies but with them in their branches," he said.

Although he's leaning toward West Point, Park remains undecided. He is however, sure of one thing: his passion to serve.

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