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March 14, 2013

Local Scholars

Belmont Hill School honor roll

The following students with Andover ties achieved academic honors for the second marking period at the private Belmont Hill School: George Apostle, grade 11, honors, son of Marizela Benavides of Andover and John Apostle of North Billerica; and Peter O’Connell, grade 8, honors, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen O’Connell of Andover.

Teens selected for U.S. Service Academies

Four Andover teenagers are among the 31 young men and women from the Third Congressional District who have been selected as nominees for appointment to the U.S. Military, Naval, Air Force, and Merchant Marine Academies.

Each student was nominated following an evaluation of their academic records, extracurricular activities, and in-person interviews with U.S. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas’ independent Academies Nomination Committee. Tsongas represents the majority of Andover.

Only a handful of students nationwide are admitted to the U.S. Service Academies each year. Prospective students must meet strict academic qualifications, according to the Congresswoman’s office.

The Andover residents nominated are:

Brian Finn, a student at Lawrence Academy, for the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Brian Manning, of Andover High School, for the U.S. Military Academy

Sawyer Rogers, a student at Brooks Academy, for the U.S. Naval Academy

Eric Wybenga, of Andover High School, for the U.S. Military Academy

Once the Congresswoman’s nominations are forwarded to the Service Academies, each student’s eligibility is evaluated based on their academic and extra-curricular record, leadership skills, physical stamina and other requirements. Appointments for entrance are offered by the Academies as the students are evaluated. Last year, 3 of those students nominated by Congresswoman Tsongas received appointments to one of the U.S. Military Service Academies.

“Each year I have the privilege of nominating a select group of young men and women from the Third Congressional District to our nation’s service academies,” said Tsongas. “These nominees have demonstrated academic excellence in their high school classrooms, considerable achievement in athletic and extracurricular activities, and a strong desire to serve their communities and country. This reception will offer the opportunity to honor these remarkable young men and women and recognize their dedication to the Third District’s proud military tradition.”

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