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Two Naval Academy nominees from Lambert attend reception with congressman
Kyle Vargas is second to the left, and fellow Lambert High School senior Connor Mannion is back right. - photo by For the FCN

SOUTH FORSYTH — Two Forsyth County high school students were among the 12 that District 7 U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall nominated — and who were subsequently accepted — to one of the nation’s four military academies that require a nomination.

Kyle Vargas and Connor Mannion, both seniors at Lambert, will attend the U.S. Naval Academy.

“Every year I look forward to this day and the opportunity to personally congratulate these remarkable young leaders for their accomplishment,” said Woodall, a Republican from Gwinnett County whose district also covers south Forsyth and Cumming.

He said his district consistently leads Georgia in the number of appointees each year. He held a reception for the appointees last week.

Admittance to four service academies — Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.; Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.; Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.; and Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. — requires a nomination from a member of Congress, the vice president or a service branch secretary.

The Coast Guard Academy does not require a congressional nomination.

“The application process — not to mention the years of hard work required to get them to this point — is lengthy and demanding, and they have all earned their place at institutions second to none,” Woodall said.

The congressman also recently joined the Georgia delegation at Dobbins Air Reserve base for the annual Service Academy Day to kick off the new nomination season.

For more information on the nomination process, visit or contact Debra Poirot in Woodall’s office at (770) 232-3032.