14 So. MD Students Offered Appointments to U.S. Service Academies - Southern Maryland Headline News

14 So. MD Students Offered Appointments to U.S. Service Academies


Many Joined Congressman Hoyer at U.S. Capitol for Congratulatory Afternoon Tea

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) today hosted a congratulatory tea on Capitol Hill for students from the Fifth Congressional District (Charles, Calvert, St. Mary's and areas of Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties) that were offered appointments to a U.S. Service academy this year.

The following students from southern Maryland received appointments (those in attendance at the tea were not specified):

Name County High School Hometown Academy
Bauder, Andrew Calvert Northern High School Owings Air Force Academy
Flynn, Timothy Charles Bishop McNamara High School La Plata West Point
Frey, Katherine Charles Westlake High School Waldorf Air Force Academy
Langford, Daniel St. Mary's St. Mary's Ryken High School California US Naval Academy
Langford, Daniel St. Mary's St. Mary's Ryken High School California West Point
Lydon, Drew Charles Riverdale Baptist School White Plains US Naval Academy
McAllister, Nicole Charles Thomas Stone High School Waldorf Air Force Academy
Merkel, Abbie Prince Georges Archbishop Spalding High School Upper Marlboro West Point
Moorman, Daniel Calvert Huntingtown High School Huntingtown US Naval Academy
Nichols, Alexandra Calvert Northern High School Owings US Naval Academy
Orzechowski, Matthew Charles La Plata High School Hughesville Merchant Marine Academy
Sanders, Matthew St. Mary's Leonardtown High School California US Naval Academy
Schuppel, Rebekah Charles Westlake High School Waldorf Merchant Marine Academy
Sharp, Philip Charles La Plata High School Hughesville Merchant Marine Academy


"I am very proud of these outstanding young men and women," Hoyer said. "To be accepted to any of the military academies is a reflection of intelligence, hard work, and perseverance - exactly the qualities that we need in our military officers."

"During the last five years, our nation has made a tremendous request of its military and their families as we continue to fight in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world," Hoyer added. "The courage and determination exhibited by our military provides these students with a very real picture of the service they are preparing for at these esteemed institutions."

"Furthermore, these academies teach skills that are invaluable in today's job market. Graduation from the U.S. Military, Air Force, Naval, and Merchant Marine Academies ensures a successful future for today's young men and women, both for those who pursue a career in the military and those who enter the job market after fulfilling their obligations," Hoyer said.

"As America fights a global war on terror, these young leaders understand full well the challenging journey ahead of them," Hoyer concluded. "It is reassuring to have met so many motivated young men and women who are eager to serve their country."

The appointment process is highly competitive and requires students to meet strict academic qualifications. Applicants must also interview with and receive a recommendation by a non-partisan Academy Selection Board appointed by Congressman Hoyer.

Once the nominations are forwarded to the Service Academies, they evaluate each student's eligibility based on his or her academic and extra-curricular record, leadership skills, physical stamina and other requirements. Each year, only about 1,200 students from across the nation enter each Academy.

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