Feb 24 2004

SHELBY ANNOUNCES NOMINEES TO UNITED STATES SERVICE ACADEMIES

Students from Tuscaloosa County have been Nominated

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) today applauded three Tuscaloosa County students who were 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.

Senator Shelby said, “Furthering one’s education at our nation’s service academies is remarkable. 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 that these students from Tuscaloosa County have been nominated.”

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 students from Tuscaloosa County have been nominated:

David Mitchell, son of Rex and Jo Goins Mitchell of Cottondale, and a student at Brookwood High School, has been nominated to the United States Military Academy.

• James Sexton, son of Edmund “Ted” and Leah Sexton of Tuscaloosa, and a student at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School, has been nominated to the United States Military Academy.

• Spencer Suarez, son of Greg and Pattie Crowe of Tuscaloosa, and a student at Hillcrest High School, has been nominated to the United States Naval Academy.

Although Senator Shelby nominated these students, the academy in which they were nominated still has final selection.