Feb 24 2004

SHELBY ANNOUNCES NOMINEES TO UNITED STATES SERVICE ACADEMIES

Students from Houston County have been Nominated

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) today applauded two Houston 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 Houston 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 Houston County have been nominated:

Benjamin Whatley, son of Gavin and Sharon Whatley of Dothan, and a student at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School, has been nominated to the United States Naval Academy.

• Zach Roycroft, son of Jim and Lynnette Roycroft of Dothan, and a student at Dothan High School, has been nominated to the United States Air Force Academy.

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