Feb 13 2008

Shelby Announces Nominees to U.S. Service Academies from West Alabama

U. S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today applauded a Tuscaloosa County student who was nominated to the United States Service Academies.  The service academies include the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

“Furthering one’s education at our nation’s service academies is remarkable,” said Shelby.  “These students have shown exemplary performance in the classroom and in their extracurricular activities.  The selection process for the academies is extremely competitive, and I am pleased to be able to nominate a student from the West Alabama.”

Service academy nominees must be residents of Alabama and must complete the required ACT and SAT exams.  Applicants are also required to provide letters of recommendation, their school transcript, completed medical examination and the required application form.

The following West Alabama student has been nominated:

James Watkins, son of Danny and Paula Watkins of Tuscaloosa, and a student at Hillcrest High School, has been nominated to attend the U.S. Military Academy.

Although Senator Shelby nominated this student, the academy to which he was nominated will make the final selection.