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Congressman Rob Woodall

Representing the 7th District of Georgia

Woodall Hosts Service Academy Appointee Reception

May 5, 2016
Press Release

(Lawrenceville, GA) – Last Saturday, Rep. Rob Woodall (GA 07) joined the Georgia delegation at Dobbins Air Reserve Base for the annual Academy Day kick off of a new nomination season, and on Wednesday he hosted a reception for the 7th District students he nominated last year who were subsequently accepted and received appointments.  They will soon begin their time at America’s Service Academies, but first they celebrated with family during a visit with the Congressman. 

“Every year I look forward to this day and the opportunity to personally congratulate these remarkable young leaders for their accomplishment.  The application process – not to mention the years of hard work required to get them to this point – is lengthy and demanding, and they have all earned their place at institutions second to none.  I couldn’t be prouder of what they’ve accomplished, and under their leadership I’m confident America’s best days are ahead.”

The 7th District is a perennial leader in the number of Service Academy appointees each year and will now send 12 more to three different academies.  The 2016 Service Academy appointees include: David Abbott (North Gwinnett HS/Naval Academy), Kyle Vargas (Lambert High School/Naval Academy),  Diego Manrique (Mill Creek HS/Naval Academy), Justin Jang (Peachtree Ridge HS/West Point Military Academy), Andrew Murphy (Hebron Christian Academy/Naval Academy), Tricia Dang (North Gwinnett HS/Air Force Academy), Connor Mannion (Lambert HS/Naval Academy), Sally Varner (St. Pius HS, Gwinnett resident/West Point Military Academy), Ashton Barnes (Lanier HS/Air Force Academy), Matthew Herbig (Collins Hill HS/Air Force Academy), Richard Ford Higgins (Greater Atlanta Christian School/Naval Academy), and Ernando Manrique (Mill Creek HS/Naval Academy).

For more information on the Service Academy nomination process, visit or contact Debra Poirot in the Congressman’s district office at (770) 232-3032.

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.