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Upton Announces Students from Augusta, Schoolcraft Appointed to Air Force Academy

Upton sponsored the two students’ applications to the U.S. Air Force Academy – Upton personally congratulated both

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Washington, DC, March 26, 2012 | Meghan Kolassa ((202) 225-3761) | comments
Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) today announced that Jeffrey Christensen of Augusta and Chloe Hurst of Schoolcraft have been accepted to attend the United States Air Force Academy.  Upton, who recommended Mr. Christensen and Ms. Hurst for selection to the prestigious service academy, personally congratulated Jeffrey and Chloe on their appointments.  Jeffrey is currently a senior at Gull Lake High School and Chloe is a senior at Portage Northern High School.

“I am thrilled to announce the appointments of Jeffrey and Chloe to the United States Air Force Academy,” said Upton.  “These remarkable students have excelled both in and out of the classroom.  They have successfully undergone a rigorous selection process, athletically and academically, and our entire community should be proud of their achievements.  These exemplary individuals represent the very best that Michigan has to offer.  I encourage local students who aspire to follow in Jeffrey and Chloe’s footsteps and are interested in attending one of our nation’s service academies to contact my office to open a whole new world of opportunity and the chance to serve our nation.”

Each year, Upton nominates students from Michigan’s Sixth District who have excelled in their respective schools and have gone through a rigorous selection process.  The selection process includes an interview with Upton’s Academy Advisory Board that is comprised of community leaders.  Upon approval by the board, the names are passed on to Upton, who then officially nominates the local youth.  The individual academies make the final decisions on military appointments. 

Students interested in attending a service academy are encouraged to contact Upton’s St. Joseph-Benton Harbor District Office for further information: (269) 982-1986.
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