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Congressman Latham to Host Annual Academy Day for Area Students

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Washington, DC, Apr 7 | comments
“Those who are accepted take on an incredible journey of academic challenge and national service, and I encourage every student with an interest in making that powerful commitment to consider applying to a service academy.”
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Iowa Congressman Tom Latham is inviting all Iowa students interested in the opportunities offered by the five U.S. military service academies to his annual Congressional District Military Academy Day on Saturday, April 26.

The program will feature representatives from the various military academies and a chance for interested students, family members and teachers to ask questions about these storied institutions, which offer some of the most prestigious undergraduate programs in the country.  

“The students who enroll in the service academies are some of our best and brightest young people,” Congressman Latham said. “Those who are accepted take on an incredible journey of academic challenge and national service, and I encourage every student with an interest in making that powerful commitment to consider applying to a service academy.”

A prospective student must receive a nomination from a member of Congress to gain entrance to the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.  Entrance into the U.S. Coast Guard Academy is determined by an annual nationwide competition. All candidates applying for one of my nominations must be citizens of the United States and legal residents of Iowa's 3th Congressional District.

Congressman Latham’s Military Academy Day will be held April 26, at the Iowa National Guard Gold Star Museum, 7105 NW 70th Avenue - Johnston, Iowa. Representatives from the various service academies will be on hand from 9:30am - 12:00pm to provide information and answer questions.

“The men and women who enroll in our country’s service academies deserve the respect and gratitude of every American,” Congressman Latham said. “It’s a great pleasure for me to see Iowa students taking part in the proud tradition and integrity that are the hallmarks of these institutions.”

Students who wish to attend a service academy as a freshman in 2015 must turn in their application to Congressman Latham’s office in Des Moines no later than Oct. 1, 2014. Applications are available in Congressman Latham’s Des Moines office or online at http://www.latham.house.gov/ConstituentServices/serviceacademynominations.htm.

Congressman Latham encourages any high school or middle school student interested in leadership, public service and the defense of our country to attend the District Military Academy Day. Anyone with questions about the event can contact the Des Moines Constituent Services Office at 515-282-1909.

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