Meeker student earns West Point nomination |

Meeker student earns West Point nomination

Paul Shockley

“No new taxes” just might be part of the young Meeker Republican’s platform, according to Denney’s parents.

“Ever since she’s found out about taxes,” said Veronica Denney, noting various deductions on statements for her daughter’s mutual funds “she wasn’t happy about that.”

“She’s very Republican, I think,” mom laughed. “She’s said she wants to be a lawyer, go into politics and I think her long-term goal is to

be president.”

While the Meeker High School senior’s parents have their own ideas about the future, Denney herself is just looking to get into college at this point.

Denney recently was among 69 Colorado high school seniors nominated by Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.) to attend one of four of the nation’s service academies. Rep. Scott McInnis (R-Colo.) also has pegged Denney for the honor.

Denney, whose older sister is about to graduate from West Point, looks to follow in her sister’s footsteps.

With her endorsements, Denney must now apply to the military academy. It’ll likely be March before she gets word.

If accepted, she ships out in June.

Denney said a recent visit to her sister, Marietta Martin, further sold her on the school.

“I want to be able to serve our country,” Denney said. “My personal dream is to be able to do that. It’s important to be able to make a difference in people’s lives, and for the greater good of the population.”

Denney who says music is her real passion plays the flute in the school’s band. She also competes on the cross country and track teams, but still finds time to serve as state officer with Family, Career, Community Leaders of America.

Denney has managed to help update the group’s policy handbook.

Why so involved?

“I just love to be able to lead people,” she said.

“She’s always been very verbal and vocal,” mom said.

The desire to sharpen those skills at West Point came as a surprise, with little sister following big sister, Veronica Denney said.

“It was a shock, but she’s determined and she’s not going to fail.”

Ariel says it wasn’t an issue. She plans to pursue a law degree while in the service. Her sister has studied international relations at West Point.

Denney is working with a personal trainer five days a week to get ready for the physical aspects of life at the military academy.

“We’re very proud of her,” mom said.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 to at

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