NROTC scholarship granted to Goddard teenager

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Daley Driscoll calls serving his country a dream and it's now one step closer to becoming reality.

"Marines are the best," he said. "They're physically the best, mentally the best. It's the hardest to be the marine."

The Goddard High School senior wants to be one of those best and someone in the marine corps apparently thinks he is.

"The way they carry themselves, they're held to a higher standard," he said. "It's a well-rounded core and an honor to be a part of."

He's the recipient of the NROTC scholarship. Goddard High School tweeted he was one of just three recipients last fall. He learned about his selection at Christmas and will be honored during a check presentation in May.

His Wichita recruiter, Staff Sergeant Christopher McCarthy, said Driscoll stood out immediately. 

"I've been recruiting for about two years and this is my first one," McCarthy said. "How he holds himself, I thought, 'he'd make a really good marine!'"

After he graduates this spring, Driscoll will head to University of Oklahoma, beginning his college education and officer training. He said he already plans to be a pilot. He calls his preparation for the test rigorous but worthwhile.

"I worked on my pullups, running, crunches, cardio, just to prepare for that test," he said. "I also worked on interview skills, practicing in mirrors, learning about the marine corps and everything there is to know about it."

Those plans start in just months, his parents said they'll support and watch closely.

"You got it, yeah, but now you have to keep it," said Jana Driscoll. "If this is the route you want to go, this is the best way to do it."

Supporting their boy and his desire to become a marine, one that's already stood out from a large crowd.

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