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Ross Recognizes 2017 Service Academy Appointees

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Washington, May 16, 2017 | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 16, 2017 – U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, last evening spoke at the 2017 Service Academy Banquet for Florida’s 15th Congressional District, where high school students throughout the district were recognized for their appointments to various U.S. Service Academies.

“One of my favorite aspects of being a Member of Congress is the opportunity to assist deserving students in seeking appointments to our United States Service Academies,” said Rep. Ross. “As the son of a World War II Navy Veteran, and the brother of three Veterans, I have a deep appreciation for the service and sacrifices made by our nation’s service members. We, as a nation, are truly blessed to have such dedicated patriots, willing to answer the call to service and to defend our freedoms every single day.

“Our esteemed Service Academies have the unique role of producing excellent military officers and leaders who exemplify the traditions and values of their respective services and the United States. It is a great honor to be nominated and appointed to our Academies, as they are highly competitive and rigorous, and only the best of the best are chosen to attend. These amazing students have proven to not only be among the best, but that they possess the commitment, attitude, discipline and respect it takes to join the ranks of the most advanced fighting force the world has ever seen. These qualities are not easily achieved, yet these students have made it their purpose to live by them in their personal and professional lives. For that, I commend and thank them.

“I would also like to thank the families of these students for their support and sacrifices, and for raising these fine young men and women to a life of selfless service, dedication and honor to our nation and its people. Additionally, I would like to thank Col. Gary Clark for all of his hard work in overseeing this fantastic program that cultivates our next generation of courageous and esteemed service members. Our country is better and safer because of these soon-to-be military officers, as they inspire the greatest attributes our nation has to offer. I wish them all the very best. Congratulations and God Bless!”

Each year, Rep. Ross makes nominations for the five different U.S. Service Academies, up to ten candidates for each vacancy at each Academy, and the Academies make the final appointment decisions. Each congressional member may not have more than five midshipmen or cadets at each Academy at one time. Therefore, new applicants are considered only when a vacancy occurs in the quota through graduation or other causes. The students recognized last evening went through a difficult application and nomination process, and have received a Service Academy appointment that commits them to several years of service to the U.S. after graduating from their respective Academies.

2017 Service Academy Appointees for District 15:

Jessica Jenkins – Valrico, FL

Bloomingdale High School

Appointed to: U.S. Naval Academy


Ryan W. Johnson – Valrico, FL

Durant High School

Appointed to: U.S. Military Academy


Daniel P. Moore – Riverview, FL

Tampa Preparatory School

Appointed to: U.S. Merchant Marine Academy


Connor Smith – Valrico, FL

Strawberry Crest High School IB

Appointed to: U.S. Military Academy


George Madden – Lakeland, FL

USMA Preparatory School

Appointed to: U.S. Military Academy



Scholarship Recipients

Odaly Lennis-Ramos – Mulberry, FL

Mulberry High School, ROTC

General James A. Van Fleet Scholarship Recipient




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Tags: Education