WASHINGTON, D.C. — John “Jack” Mellgard, of Clearfield County, will soon join the midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy, according to U.S. Rep. Glenn `GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, who nominated him. John is the son of the Rev. and Mrs. J. Robert Mellgard.
“Jack is supremely qualified for this appointment, and it is a great honor to have nominated him to the U.S. Naval Academy,” said Thompson. “Jack will join the talented men and women who have the honor of serving in our nation’s service academies.”
Mellgard received a cumulative grade point average of 9.489 and ranked fifth in the 2011 graduating class at Clearfield Area High School. John completed every AP course available while at Clearfield Area High School and was nominated to the National Spanish Honor Society.
In addition to his studies, Mellgard was involved in Boy Scouts of America and achieved the highly regarded Eagle Scout Rank and God and County Award. John was captain of the Clearfield Area High School Football, Basketball and Track and Field teams and served as President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. John also served as a Leader and Organizer for the Youth Group at Clearfield Presbyterian Church.
“He’s worked tremendously hard in his studies and athletics, and is fit to serve our Armed Forces,” said Thompson. “I am proud to have supported his nomination and congratulate his acceptance to the U.S. Naval Academy.”
John’s paternal grandparents are Mary Mellgard and the late George Mellgard of Pittsburgh and maternal grandparents are Elsie Bell of Bowie, Maryland, and the late F. Allen Bell.