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U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy-Nominated High School Graduates Accepted to U.S. Service Academies

SANFORD, Fla. – U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, a member of the U.S. Military Academy Board of Visitors, recognized high school graduates from Florida’s Seventh Congressional District who will attend various U.S. service academies in the upcoming school year tuition free. Murphy, who nominated the students during the 2018-2019 school year, presented each nominee with a congressional certificate of recognition and a challenge coin. Surrounded by their friends and family, Murphy offered the students words of encouragement as they prepare to head off to their respective academies.

U.S. Congresswoman Murphy recognizes high school graduates from Florida’s Seventh Congressional District who will attend various U.S. Service Academies in the upcoming school year.

“I’m incredibly proud to recognize our service academy nominees on their remarkable achievement. As both students and future officers in the military and the Merchant Marines, I know these bright young men and women will make central Florida proud,” said Murphy. “I encourage any student from my district who is interested in attending a U.S. service academy to contact my office for more information about the nominating process for the next school year.”

At an event in her Sanford office, Murphy recognized the following nominees:

  • Thomas Breen of Bishop Moore High School will attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
  • Prescott Da Vitorio Lobo of Trinity Preparatory School will attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • Kristofer Edstrom of Lake Brantley High School will attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
  • Jackson Fueller of Winter Park High School will attend the U.S. Naval Academy
  • Sidney Gaines Cash of Winter Park High School will attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • William Megginson of Winter Park High School will attend the U.S. Naval Academy
  • Katarina Svetz of Lake Highland Preparatory School will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy

The nominees below were not present at the event, but will also be attending a U.S. service academy after receiving a nomination by Rep. Murphy:

  • Christian Conrad of Oviedo High School will attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • Blake Ronning of Lake Mary High School will attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • Isaiah Rojas of William Boone High School will attend the U.S. Naval Academy
  • Lauren Zimlich of Lake Mary High School will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy

The nation’s five service academies (the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy) rank among the finest institutions of higher learning in the world. Admission to a U.S. service academy is highly competitive. All service academies, except the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, generally require applicants to obtain a nomination from a Member of Congress or another authorized nominating source. The academies offer young men and women a tuition-free college education at a highly-ranked, nationally-recognized academic program while preparing them for leadership roles in the U.S. armed forces or the Merchant Marines. Students who live in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District can obtain more information on how to receive a nomination by visiting Congresswoman Murphy’s website.

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