NORTH FORSYTH — The U.S. congressman who represents north Forsyth and northeast Georgia has nominated 24 area students to the nation’s four military service academies.
North Forsyth High School students Cory Campbell, Nina Carter and Matthew McClelland were among the most recent group of nominees to attend an academy by 9thDistrict U.S. Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville.
In a statement, Collins said he was “honored to nominate such distinguished and qualified students to our nation’s military service academies.”
“Each of them has completed a rigorous application and interview process to arrive at this point,” Collins said. “From here they will compete with the finest students throughout the country for a coveted spot in the newest classes.”
North is the only high school in Forsyth County that has an ROTC program.
Students must be nominated to an academy — the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., or Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. — by a member of Congress, the vice president or a service branch secretary.
Final appointment decisions are made by the individual academies. If offered admission, students will enter their respective academy in the summer. Upon completion, they will receive a commission as officers in their chosen branch.
“They have all demonstrated the skill and determination necessary to succeed and become the next generation of military leaders,” Collins said. “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 dougcollins.house.gov or by calling Bill Kokaly in the congressman’s local Gainesville office at (770) 297-3388.