Military Academies accept three locals


Three local students — Ryan Murphy, Grange Nagy and Raymond Skaggs — have been selected to receive their undergraduate education at U.S Military Academies after being nominated by Congressman Darrell Issa, R-Vista.

Murphy, who lives in Carlsbad and recently graduated from La Costa Canyon High School, will attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, while Nagy (Canyon Crest Academy) is off to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Solana Beach resident Skaggs (Torrey Pines High) is going to the Merchant Marine Academy.

Each will serve as officers for up to seven years after graduating from the universities.

Murphy is a three-year player on the LCC varsity girls lacrosse team and also served as class vice-president. She’s coached youth lacrosse and also played on the JV water polo team. Murphy will begin at West Point later this month, where she will be a member of the school’s lacrosse team, now in its second year as a Division I program.

Nagy, an avid rock climber and climbing coach, ran track and cross country at Canyon Crest, where he also was a member of the aerospace and robotics clubs.

A member of the swimming/diving team, the fencing team, the engineering club and the Asian culture club at Torrey Pines, Skaggs has volunteered with the San Diego County Parks and Recreation Department and the Challenged Athlete Foundation.