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Academy Bound?


U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand recently announced her nominations of local high schoolers to the nation’s service institutions – the United States Air Force, Military, Naval and Merchant Marine Academies.

“Our military academies are distinguished by a devotion to honor, courage and commitment,” she said in a release listing her nominees. “I am honored to nominate these young, talented New Yorkers who exemplify these core values. It is my hope that the accomplished nominees have the chance to live their dreams and serve in our country’s armed forces with distinction.”

Gillibrand chose candidates based on their academic records, leadership potential and overall achievements.

Local kids getting the nod were: Nicole Castro of Mahopac, Matthew C. O’Dowd of Congers, Benjamin R. Berkley of Chappaqua and  Ariel Coreth of Mount Kisco, who are all applying to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Nominees for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point are: Hyangshim Kwak of Tarrytown and Kristian Hill of Ardsley.

Timothy B. Walsh of Cortlandt Manor was nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Best of luck to all of them.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 at 11:51 am by Rich Liebson. |
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KatieRich Liebson is a "military brat" who grew up on bases in the U.S. and Germany during his father's 23-year career as an Air Force enlisted man. Rich enlisted in the Army in 1976 and until his discharge in 1980 was assigned to the 78th Engineer Battalion in Ettlingen, Germany, as a public information specialist and translator. He's been a reporter at The Journal News and its forerunner, the Reporter Dispatch, for more than 20 years. During that time he's covered a variety of beats and has written frequently about veterans and veterans issues.
HemaHema Easley was born and raised in India, where she worked as a reporter for The Associated Press and United Press International. While in India she wrote about the insurgency in Indian-controlled Kashmir and covered the 1999 India-Pakistan conflict in the mountains of Kashmir. She joined The Journal News in 2002. She has covered municipal government in Westchester and now covers on social services in Rockland as well as military issues.

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