Gary Palmer announces 2017 Service Academy appointments

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Alabama 6th District U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer on Thursday announced 14 local students he nominated have received appointments to the nation’s military service academies.

Each year, members of Congress nominate students for admission to the U.S. Military Academy, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, the Coast Guard Academy, and the Merchant Marine Academy. Accepted students will attend one of the service academies for their higher education and serve at least five-years in our military.

“Every year I have the honor and privilege of nominating outstanding students from the Sixth District of Alabama for an appointment to our nation’s service academies,” Palmer said. “Receiving an appointment to a service academy is a competitive process with each academy having an acceptance rate of less than 15%.”

“I am pleased to announce the 14 students from Alabama’s Sixth District who received my nomination and accepted an offer from a U.S. Service Academy.  Please join me in congratulating these outstanding individuals and their families as they embark to learn at the highest levels and serve America in extraordinary ways.”

The students and their schools are as follows:

  1. John Allen Bass: Chelsea High School received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy;
  2. Wiley Burns: Riverside Military Academy received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy;
  3. Kaley Ann Fulton: Marion Military Institute (Hewitt-Trussville High School) received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy;
  4. Davis Holley: Spain Park High School received an appointment to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy;
  5. Ryan Kirk: Mountain Brook High School received an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy;
  6. Daylen McGhee: Shades Valley High School received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy;
  7. George Moore: Briarwood Christian School received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy;
  8. Duncan Morris: Mountain Brook High School received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy;
  9. Elexus Oliver: Thompson High School received an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School;
  10. Stav Pappas: Mountain Brook High School received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy;
  11. Blake Randle: Oak Mountain High School received an appointment to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy;
  12. Gunnar Schultz: Oak Mountain High School received an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy;
  13. Jackson Weyhe: Hewitt-Trussville High School received an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy;
  14. Sarah Whitley: Oak Mountain High School received an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

The United States Military Academies offers qualified students a unique opportunity to obtain a first-rate college education, as well as the chance to serve our country as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. All nominees are selected on merit, with consideration given to character, leadership potential, extracurricular activities and academic ability.

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