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Rep. Graves Holds Military Academy Appointees “Send-Off Dinner”


Gordon County, GA, June 6, 2017 - Yesterday, Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) held a send-off dinner to honor the students from the 14th Congressional District who were appointed this year to attend a U.S. military academy. The dinner was held at the UGA Extension office in Calhoun.


(From left to right: Winston St. Luke, Abigail Waldman, Rep. Graves, Bryce Jones, Benjamin “Drew” Taylor; Click HERE to download the high resolution photo)

“Serving in the Armed Forces is a noble calling, and I’m proud to nominate these highly-qualified young people to attend our nation’s military academies,” said Rep. Graves. “Congratulations to each of them on their appointment to the Class of 2021.”

The students, their home county and the academy to which they were appointed are as follows:

Benjamin DiRuggiero; Floyd County; U.S. Air Force Academy

Daniel Lovell; Floyd County; U.S. Naval Academy

***Note: Benjamin DiRuggiero and Daniel Lovell are not pictured, as they were unable to attend the send-off dinner.

Winston St. Luke; Paulding County; U.S. Air Force Academy
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Abigail Waldman
; Paulding County; U.S. Military Academy (West Point)
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Bryce Jones; Whitfield County; U.S. Naval Academy
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Benjamin “Drew” Taylor; Floyd County; U.S. Air Force Academy
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As a member of Congress, Rep. Graves is responsible for nominating students to the military academies. The congressman uses an independent board of military advisors to review applications from 14th District students and determine who receives a nomination. Each military academy then chooses which students to appoint out of all the nominations received from across the country.

The academies provide a top notch four-year college education in addition to military officer training. The students do not pay for tuition, housing, food, books and other college costs. The students instead commit to active duty military service as an officer for five years following graduation.

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