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North Forsyth High School student accepted to U.S. Naval Academy
Matthew McClelland

NORTH FORSYTH — A Forsyth County high school student has been accepted into a military academy after graduation this year.

Matthew McClelland, a student at North Forsyth High School, is expected to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., in the summer.

McClelland — along with two North classmates and a total of 24 area students — was nominated by 9th District U.S. Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville to one of the nation’s four military service academies.

In a statement, Collins, whose district includes north Forsyth, said he was “honored to nominate such distinguished and qualified students to our nation’s military service academies.”

Each of the 24 students nominated by Collins completed a “rigorous application and interview process” before competing with the “finest students throughout the country for a coveted spot in the newest class.”

A member of Congress, the vice president or a service branch secretary can nominate students to an academy — the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.; Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.; Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.; or Naval Academy.

Final appointment decisions were made by individual academies.

North is the only high school in Forsyth that has a JROTC program.

Upon completion at the academy, McClelland will receive a commission as an officer in his chosen branch.

In his statement, Collins said those nominated “demonstrated the skill and determination necessary to succeed and become the next generation of military leaders. Their willingness to serve our nation and defend our liberties is a shining example to everyone in the ninth district of Georgia.”

Those interested in applying for the 2017 nominating process can find more information at or by calling Bill Kokaly in the congressman’s local Gainesville office at (770) 297-3388.