LATHAM ANNOUNCES VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE OFFERED APPOINTMENT TO U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY
Mar 4 -
Iowa Congressman Tom Latham announced today that Scott Swegle, a 2012 graduate of Valley High School in West Des Moines, has been offered an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Latham notified and congratulated Swegle, currently a freshman at Texas Christian University (TCU), by phone of the offer of appointment to the Academy.
“Given his academic efforts and impressive level of involvement in his school and community, Scott has a well-rounded profile that makes him an excellent appointment to the Naval Academy,” Latham said. “Scott has been recognized for his scholastic achievements and volunteerism, and this latest distinction is extra proof that this young Iowan is doing his hometown and state proud. He has my sincerest wishes for continued success moving forward.”
Swegle is an honors student studying biochemistry at TCU. During his time at Valley High School, he participated in golf and choir, and received a Silver Cord Award for volunteer service. He also possesses his private pilot license, a basis for his interest in naval aviation.
To gain acceptance to the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, applicants must receive a nomination from an authorized person such as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate. Applicants must be between 17 and 22 years old, single with no children and a United States citizen. Appointments to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy are made on the basis of an annual nationwide competition.
The U.S. military academies are among the most competitive and distinguished undergraduate universities in the country. They provide students with a full four-year scholarship and a career as a commissioned officer in the U.S. armed services upon graduation. Appointments are highly competitive, with the academies selecting candidates based on evidence of character, scholarship, leadership ability, physical aptitude, medical fitness, goals and motivation.
Students interested in a nomination should contact Congressman Latham's office in the spring of their junior year in high school. Also, please note that it is extremely important that the student begin the application process with the academies themselves.
Anyone with questions about the process or interested in a nomination may visit http://latham.house.gov/constituentservices/serviceacademynominations.htm, contact Ben Hammes in Latham's East Constituent Services Office in Des Moines by phone at 515-282-1909, or send correspondence to:
Congressman Tom Latham
Attn: Ben Hammes
2700 Grand Avenue, Ste 109
Des Moines, Iowa 50312