Feb 24 2004

SHELBY ANNOUNCES NOMINEES TO UNITED STATES SERVICE ACADEMIES

Students from Jefferson County have been Nominated

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) today applauded several Jefferson 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 a number of students from Jefferson 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 Jefferson County have been nominated:

Braden Apperson, son of Kenny and Donna Apperson of Trussville, and a student at Hewitt Trussville High School, has been nominated to the United States Naval Academy.

• James Landreth, son of James and Cheryl Landreth of Birmingham, and a student at Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School, has been nominated to the United States Naval Academy.

• Patrick Stewart, son of George and Polly Stewart of Birmingham, and a student at John Carroll Catholic High School, has been nominated to the United States Air Force Academy.

• Zachary Trotter, son of Rick and Lynn Trotter of Birmingham, and a student at Briarwood Christian School, has been nominated to the United States Military Academy.

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