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Rep. Johnson announces U.S. Service Academy nominations

Rep. Hank Johnson recently held a reception for Fourth District students at ART Station in Stone Mountain for being nominated to attend a U.S. Service Academy. Pictured, from left, are Johnson and students Toronto Thomas, Xavier Hightower, Daniel Morrison, Devin Crawford, Timothy Becker, Heritage High Schools' Jeremiah Harding, Adam Steves and Joseph Mears.

Rep. Hank Johnson recently held a reception for Fourth District students at ART Station in Stone Mountain for being nominated to attend a U.S. Service Academy. Pictured, from left, are Johnson and students Toronto Thomas, Xavier Hightower, Daniel Morrison, Devin Crawford, Timothy Becker, Heritage High Schools' Jeremiah Harding, Adam Steves and Joseph Mears.

LITHONIA Rep. Hank Johnson has announced the names of the eight Fourth District students who have been nominated to attend a U.S. Service Academy -- Military Academy (West Point), Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Coast Guard Academy and Merchant Marine Academy.

To date, four students have received appointments to attend a service academy.

"The nomination process is not easy," Johnson said. "It's a long, difficult road, and I congratulate all our nominees on making it this far. All of our outstanding nominees possess the kind of leadership skills necessary to be successful in school, business and in life. Graduating from a service academy ensures a good career after graduation and opens doors for the rest of their lives."

The nominees include Heritage High School's Jeremiah Harding, who was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy.

All members of Congress may nominate up to 10 candidates per opening. Academies usually make appointments by March 31 of each year.

Those who graduate from a service academy will receive a bachelor of science degree, be commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant and honorably serve in the military for a minimum of five years.