20 5th District Students Offered Appointments to U.S. Service Academies

WASHINGTON (June 26, 2008) – Twenty students, a record for the Fifth Congressional District, were offered a spot at one of the U.S. Service academies this year. On Monday, Congressman Steny Hoyer (D) hosted a congratulatory tea reception on Capitol Hill for the students.

Every year, Congressmen nominate candidates from their district for admission into one of four United States Service Academies: The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York (Army), the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.

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 Hoyer.

Once the nominations are forwarded to the Service Academies, they evaluate each student’s eligibility based on their 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.

The following student were offered appointments. An offer does not mean the student has accepted.

Air Force Academy

Jacob Naumann, Calvert, Huntingtown HS

Meghan Prinkey, Charles, Bishop McNamara HS

Kirby Forssell, Prince George’s, Eleanor Roosevelt HS

Robert Wilhelm, St. Mary’s, Leonardtown HS

Merchant Marine Academy

Paul Carter, Calvert, Northern HS

Kemry Coleman, Calvert, Huntingtown HS

Jeffrey Smith, St. Mary’s, Leonardtown HS

Tyler Spaulding, St. Mary’s, St. Mary’s Ryken HS

U.S. Naval Academy

Colin Kelly, Calvert, Patuxent HS

Eric Mills, Calvert, Calvert HS

Kevin Richardson, Calvert, Calvert HS

Matthew Standard, Calvert, Huntingtown HS

William Bingham, Charles, La Plata HS

Emily Kay, Prince George’s, Bowie HS

Michael Klakring, Prince George’s, Archbishop Spalding HS

Colleen McFadden, Prince George’s, Bishop Treton HS

Gregory Eastburg, St. Mary’s, Leonardtown HS

Charles Rixey, St. Mary’s, St. Mary’s Ryken HS

Richard Prevatt, St. Mary’s, Home schooled and Northern HS

West Point

Jordon Owens, Prince George’s, Home schooled

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