North Bay Haven senior selected for USMC leadership academy

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - North Bay Haven senior student athlete Ben Burnham is in select company.

Burnham has been chosen to take part in the United States Marine Corps "Battles Won Academy" this summer in Washington D.C., one of approximately 100 student-athletes from all over the country chosen to take part in the academy.

"Battles Won" allows students to experience leadership lessons at the Marine Corps Officer Candidate Course, team building events, community service and a history themed scavenger hunt on the National Mall.

Burnham was chosen not only for his athletic performance in football and other sports, but for outstanding character, academic excellence and community leadership that reflects the Corps' values of honor, courage, and commitment.

"I didn't know much about it," he admitted. "I remember my mom telling me about an email she signed me up for to be selected as an All-American. I didn't know much information until a month or two later when I got invited."

The lack of familiarity doesn't make the distinction less meaningful--in fact, it's quite the opposite.

"I'm really humbled by this award," Burnham added. "There's not really many words I can say about it. I'm humbled."

His trip to D.C. run July 11th through the 15th.