Missouri Military Academy senior cadet Styles Fountain, of Mexico, has been appointed to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.

Fountain’s acceptance to the academy, which will begin June 29, is an achievement attained by a select group of students each year. USMMA accepts less than 1,000 students total, holding an acceptance rate of 15 percent.

“USMMA gives me a chance to serve my country and give back on an even bigger scale than I could’ve imagined,” Fountain said.

Fountain wants to serve in the Navy or Merchant Marines, and received a nomination for the academy by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo.