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Dallas, Texas – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32) today announced that 14 students in the 32nd Congressional District have accepted appointments to the United States Service Academies.

Aaron Garrett of Dallas and Maché Mason of Garland have been appointed to the United States Merchant Marine Academy as members of the class of 2018.  AB Bustamante and David Portner of Dallas and Nicholas Padgett of Richardson have been appointed to the United States Naval Academy as members of the class of 2018. Alicia Reese and Traian Pop of Dallas, Katie Miller of Wylie, and Sam Eckholm of Richardson have been appointed to the United States Air Force Academy as members of the class of 2018. Cory Hazelbaker, Mason Conine, and Nicholas Grant of Dallas and Eli Eichenberger of Richardson have been appointed to the United States Military Academy (West Point) as members of the class of 2018.  Laurent Njiki of Wylie has been appointed to the Naval Academy Preparatory School as a member of the class of 2015.

Congressman Sessions, who represents the 32nd Congressional District, supports maintaining a strong and agile national defense and has taken a special interest in the appointment of Texas students to the nation’s finest Service Academies. Each year, numerous applicants request appointments to the Academies, but only a select few are appointed. Students requesting a nomination from Sessions are evaluated on a variety of criteria including academic background, physical ability, personal recommendations, and an evaluation and ranking by the Academy Selection Board.

“These young men and women set themselves apart from their peers through their rigorous dedication to high academic performance, personal fitness, and moral character,” Sessions said. “I am confident that they will make our community proud as they represent Texas in our nation’s finest academic institutions.”

Sessions considers the nomination of selected students to our nation’s Service Academies to be among his most important congressional responsibilities. Service Academy graduates will lead efforts to maintain the strength and commitment of America’s Armed Forces, which ensures our nation’s security and prosperity in the future.

“I am extremely proud of these outstanding North Texas students and congratulate them on their accomplishment,” said Sessions. “I am delighted to join their families, teachers, and friends in giving them our unwavering support as they commit to promoting America’s security and freedom.”

Residents of the 32nd Congressional District who are interested in seeking a nomination to a Service Academy may contact Jennifer Lang with Congressman Sessions’ Dallas office at 972.392.0505.


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