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Local student named a Semper Fidelis All-American

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque student is one of 100 across the nation to be named a Semper Fidelis All-American and chosen to attend the U.S. Marine Corps’ inaugural Battles Won Academy.

Davis Little, a senior at New Mexico Connections Academy and state-ranked swimmer, attended the academy July 13 through 16 in Washington, D.C., with his mentor and father, Dewey Little.

Students were accepted based on their athletic and academic performance, character and community leadership.

“The focus of the program is mentoring young men and women of character, empowering and inspiring them to overcome challenges in their own lives, in their communities and for their nation,” a news release read.

Activities included a community service project, visiting the Under Armour headquarters and listening to speakers.

Gunnery Sgt. Justin Kronenberg, public affairs chief for Marine Corps Recruiting Command, said nearly 1,000 nominations and applications were received.

The academy replaced the former Semper Fidelis Football Program to allow student-athletes of both sexes and all sports the opportunity to participate.

Attendance at the academy does not represent a commitment to enlist in the Marine Corps.