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March 17, 2013

Upton announces William Fry of Sturgis High School appointed to Merchant Marine Academy

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Written by: Bruce Snook

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) has announced that William Fry of Sturgis has been accepted to attend the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point, New York.  Upton, who recommended Mr. Fry for selection to the prestigious service academy, personally congratulated him on his appointment.  William is currently a senior at Sturgis High School.

“It is a pleasure to announce Will’s appointment to Merchant Marine Academy,” said Upton.  “Will is a remarkable young man who has excelled at Sturgis High School in the classroom and beyond.  He has successfully undergone a rigorous selection process, athletically and academically, and our entire community should be proud of his achievements.  By attending Kings Point, Will follows the path of past midshipmen who have honorably served and led our nation.  This exemplary young man represents the very best that Michigan has to offer.  I encourage local students who aspire to follow in Will’s footsteps to contact my office to open a whole new world of opportunity and the chance to serve our country.”

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 included an interview with Upton’s Academy Advisory Board, which is comprised of community leaders.  Upon approval by the board, William’s name was then passed on to Upton, who then officially nominated the Sturgis High School senior to USMMA.  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.

Source:  News release from Congressman Fred Upton


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