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Congressman Rob Woodall

Representing the 7th District of Georgia

It’s a Record Year for 7th District Service Academy Appointees

June 2, 2017
Press Release

Lawrenceville, GA –  Congressman Woodall:  “Leading by example is nothing new for those in Georgia’s Seventh Congressional District, and that often means breaking our own records.  Each year, young men and women from across the District apply for appointments to America’s Service Academies, each year I have the honor of interviewing these young people and putting the very best applicants forward to the academies, and each year our district produces one of the largest groups of exemplary students in the state.  This year, 23 graduates will be new students at one of the Service Academies this fall.  Today, I had the opportunity to visit with and honor these accomplished young people and their families before they begin this next exciting chapter in their lives.”

“Everyone takes pride in their children and their families, but the numbers don’t lie:  the children and the families in our community produce young leaders at an astonishing level.  Today’s reception is without a doubt one of my favorite events of the year for so many reasons.  It’s a time to celebrate, but also to look forward to new challenges.  It’s an opportunity to visit with these exceptional young men and women and those who helped get them to this point.  I see the pride in their loved ones’ faces, and can’t help but be energized by their passion.  America is unquestionably in great hands, and the best is absolutely yet to come.”

Of the five Service Academies – U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, and Coast Guard Academy – all but the Coast Guard Academy require a nomination from a U.S Representative,  U.S. Senator, or the Vice President in order to obtain an appointment from the service academy.  For the class of 2021, the Seventh District is sending ten individuals to the Air Force Academy, seven to the Naval Academy, and five to West Point.

Forsyth County

Air Force Academy

  • Patrick Sklenka –West Forsyth High School.                   
  • James Lambert –West Forsyth High School. 
  • Jackson Harris –Lambert High School.
  • Matthew O’Rourk –Lambert High School. 

U.S. Military Academy at West Point

  • Jaruvit “Jared” Chulavatr –Lambert High School.
  • Collin Smith –South Forsyth High School.

U.S. Naval Academy

  • Brooke Bogdanovich – Rivers Academy, Alpharetta.  Resides in Forsyth County.
  • Jacob Gregory –Collins Hill High School.  Resides in Forsyth County.
  • Christine McDonnell –Lambert High School.

Gwinnett County

Air Force Academy

  • Sana Daley –Brookwood High School.
  • Clarissa Jolley –Brookwood High School.
  • Sean McKendree –Norcross High School.
  • Mackensie Nechanicky –Peachtree Ridge High School.
  • Michael Sobczyk– Mountain View High School.
  • Bailey Hopkins –Brookwood High School.

U.S. Military Academy at West Point

  • Dayana Dieudonne –Collins Hill High School.
  • Branton Fletcher –Mill Creek High School. 
  • Israel Koker-Thomas –Shiloh High School.

U.S. Naval Academy

  • Ernando Manrique –Mill Creek High School.
  • Caleigh Rowan –Buford High School.
  • Ryan Stark –Norcross High School. 
  • James “Oliver” Thigpen –North Gwinnett High School.

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

  • Dawson Hicks – Marietta High School.     

Congressman Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes the majority of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties, and currently serves as Chairman of the Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, as well as serving on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and Budget Committee. 

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