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Sparks student sees military career in his future
by Garrett E. Valenzuela
Jan 20, 2014 | 1357 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kevin Comstock
Kevin Comstock
Kevin Comstock remained quiet and modest as question after question was thrown his way, which spoke more about his character than many of his responses, after being named a Sparks High School Student of the Month prior to the school’s Winter Break in December.

“I don’t know how I did it,” Comstock said of his Student-of-the-Month designation.

In just his first year at Sparks High School, Comstock keeps busy with a full slate of classes and participation in Railroader football. However, he said his main passion is the JROTC program, which is helping him inch closer to his ultimate life goal: to join the United States Marine Corps.

“I definitely want it to be a career,” Comstock said of his Marine Corps dreams. “My grandpa was in the Marine Corps when he was 20 and only went until he was 25. I think that was my inspiration for choosing the Marines.”

Comstock, a freshman at SHS, said he has been “fascinated” with the possibility of a career in the Marine Corps as a sniper or an explosive demolition specialist. While he only dabbled in research of those careers, he hopes to one day fulfill that goal as a full-time officer.

Comstock has also been perfecting his Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills for more than three years, and he has eight total years practicing martial arts. He said it serves to benefit his future in the military in case of “hand-to-hand combat,” and he said it helps him protect himself in his personal life.

Comstock added that he is sure the military is where he belongs after participating in the Veteran’s Day parade with the JROTC. He said meeting the countless veterans, hearing their stories and sharing an emotional moment with them helped motivate him to serve his country.

Comstock stressed that although he is only a year into his time at Sparks High, his experience in the Sparks Youth Football League (SYFL) helped him form a bond with the school and the area. He said there is undoubtable camaraderie and spirit at the city’s oldest high school.

“I know there is a lot of pride and spirit at this school,” he said. “To me, it really says that everyone sticks together and if anything is needed we have each other’s backs. I think it is nice to be a part of something like that.”
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