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Nine Columbia County students among academy nominees

Posted: January 18, 2012 - 2:09pm  |  Updated: January 25, 2012 - 4:23am

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Nine Columbia County students are among 22 people nominated for appointments to service academies by U.S. Rep. Paul Broun.

In announcing the appointments Wednesday, Broun said, “These students will become our nation’s future leaders, exemplifying the best attributes of scholarship, patriotism and civic service.”

While Broun and other members of Congress nominate students for appointment to service academies, admissions authorities at the individual academies make the final
decision on accepting them, Broun added.

The nominations are to the U.S. Air Force, Naval, Military and Merchant Marine academies.

Broun’s nominations include:

Bianca Franz, of Evans, Northwestern Preparatory School; Brendon Palowitch, of Martinez, Evans High School; Calvin Owens and John Hintze, of Grovetown, Grovetown High School; David Crabtree, of Martinez, Mercer University; Erin Payne, of Evans, Lakeside High School; Shaq Cruz, of Martinez, Lakeside High School; Morgan Kuhar, of Martinez, Furman University; and Jack Boudreaux, of Evans, Greenbrier High School.

Also nominated are Christopher Flippo, Megan Blaney and Wesley McPherson, of Augusta, John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School; Jeremiah Coleman and Matthew Tebbs, of Augusta, Westminster Schools of Augusta; Alex Dempsey, of Athens, Mercersburg Academy; Christian Saupe, of Athens, Clarke Central High School; David Romines, Rachel Powell and Stewart Smith, of Watkinsville, Ga., Oconee High School; Jake Todd, of Arnoldsville, Ga., Oglethorpe County High School; and Austin Johnson, of Jefferson, Ga., Riverside Military Academy.

In addition, Broun nominated Jefferson County High School student Andrew Bartek, of Jefferson, Ga., and Bartek has received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, Broun’s announcement said.

Broun’s nominations were made in consultation with his Service Academy Board, which includes retired Fort Gordon commander Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Foley; retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. Bud Sanders; Rolf Versluis, the chief technology officer for ADCAP Network Systems; and educator Carolyn Kidd.

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