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Latham to host academy day for area students



This news story was published on April 11, 2011.
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Washington, Apr 11 – Iowa Congressman Tom Latham is inviting all Iowa students interested in the opportunities offered by the five U.S. military service academies to his annual Fourth Congressional District Military Academy Day on Saturday, April 30. |Washington, Apr 11 – Iowa Congressman Tom Latham is inviting all Iowa students interested in the opportunities offered by the five U.S. military service academies to his annual Fourth Congressional District Military Academy Day on Saturday, April 30.

The program will feature representatives from the various military academies and a chance for interested students, family members and teachers to ask questions about these storied institutions, which offer some of the most prestigious undergraduate programs in the country.

“The students who enroll in the service academies are some of our best and brightest young people,” Congressman Latham said. “Those who are accepted take on an incredible journey of academic challenge and national service, and I encourage every student with an interest in making that powerful commitment to consider applying to a service academy.”

A prospective student must receive a nomination from a member of Congress to gain entrance to the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Entrance into the U.S. Coast Guard Academy is determined by an annual nationwide competition.

Congressman Latham’s Military Academy Day will be held April 30 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Career Education Building on the campus of Iowa Central Community College located at 1 Triton Circle in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Representatives from the various service academies will be on hand beginning at 8:30 a.m. to provide information and answer questions, and the program will begin at 9 a.m.. A midshipman in the U.S. Naval Academy and a cadet in the U.S. Air Force Academy are scheduled to attend to answer questions and lead a discussion on life at the academies.

“The men and women who enroll in our country’s service academies deserve the respect and gratitude of every American,” Congressman Latham said. “It’s a great pleasure for me to see Iowa students taking part in the proud tradition and integrity that are the hallmarks of these institutions.”

Students who wish to attend a service academy as a freshman in 2012 must turn in their application to Congressman Latham’s office in Fort Dodge no later than Oct. 1, 2011. Applications are available in Congressman Latham’s Fort Dodge office or online at http://www.latham.house.gov/ConstituentServices/serviceacademynominations.htm.

Congressman Latham encourages any high school or middle school student interested in leadership, public service and the defense of our country to attend the District Military Academy Day. Anyone with questions about the event can contact Jim Oberhelman in Congressman Latham’s Fort Dodge office at (515) 573-2738.

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