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Seward student nominated to academy


Joevahnta Usugan-Weddington of Seward has been nominated to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy by both Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young.

U.S. Military Service Academy nominees are selected based on their academic record, extracurricular activities, and leadership capacity. The nominees compete against other candidates nationwide for a spot in the entering class. Though a congressional nomination to a service academy is an accomplishment in itself, it does not guarantee admission; service academies make the final decisions.

“This year’s selection of candidates embody the traits and characteristics we see in our men and women in uniform. They have demonstrated leadership and a willingness to protect our freedoms,” said Murkowski. “It is always an honor for me to nominate such talented Alaskans to serve our country. Young men and women such as these truly make Alaska proud.”

“As an Army veteran, I take great pride in nominating some of Alaska’s best and brightest students to our nation’s service academies,” said Congressman Don Young. “Graduates of these distinguished institutions have defended our nation throughout history – from the Spanish American War to the Battle of Fallujah, the Civil War to the Korengal Valley. They have produced three U.S. Presidents, numerous Cabinet secretaries, astronauts, and leaders of our nation in both times of war and peace. These 54 Alaskans have all demonstrated exceptional leadership, strength of characters and a commitment to serving others. I have no doubt they will serve this nation proudly as the next generation of American leaders forged at our service academies.”


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