May 4, 2012
Moffat County High School senior John Kirk stands proudly beneath the American flag at the MCHS pool. Kirk, the captain of the boys varsity swim team, will be attending the United States Merchant Marine Academy in the fall, where he will row crew for the military institute. The jacket he is wearing has the USMMA insignia on the front.
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Toning up his biceps and shoulders to propel himself through water has become a daily routine for Moffat County High School senior John Kirk. Practicing the backstroke, butterfly and other techniques in the MCHS pool has strengthened his body and mind continually, something that comes in useful during swim meets but will be even more constructive for his post-high school plans. Kirk this fall will be part of the rowing team for the United States Merchant Marine Academy this fall. He said the road to the academy has been a complicated one. Though he has always planned on a career in the military, it was only last summer when he chose the Merchant Marines.