A Middle Tennessee native has completed his time as class president at the United States Military Academy and now has his sights set on future service to his country.
During the commencement ceremony last week at West Point, Jeff Ferebee presented President Barack Obama with the class gift - a replica of the class battle ring.
"So that when he perhaps looks at that ring, that he understand our commitment to our brothers and sisters in arms and our oath to the nation," Ferebee said.
It was a special moment for the resident of Primm Springs, TN, which is located about 50 miles west of Nashville.
Ferebee graduated from Station Camp High School in Gallatin before joining the National Guard. It's a much different path from the one chosen by his parents, who both work in healthcare.
"Of course we were scared to death, because, at that point, a lot of the National Guard units were going to Iraq," said father David Ferebee.
But, soon, Jeff Ferebee learned he qualified to get into West Point, which requires excellence in academics and athleticism as well as a high-ranking nomination.
He got his nomination from then-U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis, D-TN, and an acceptance letter followed.
"We were just awed. To us, it's a Godpath for him," said mother JoAnne Ferebee.
At West Point, Jeff Ferebee became captain of the rugby team, and to say he was well-liked would be an understatement. Voted class president twice, he served as the face of the graduates.
And that opportunity led him to meeting the president.
"That meant a lot to me, seeing that. He was warm, and his handshake was warm. He touched his shoulder when he shook his hand," David Ferebee said.
"He asked me my name, which I thought was really cool," Jeff Ferebee said.
The time in the spotlight may be only the beginning for Jeff Ferebee.
His future includes five years of military service, but his dreams have no limits.
"I could see myself getting into politics - the Congress, in the Senate - we'll see," Jeff Ferebee said.
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