Two students from Port Washington have been accepted to the United States Service Academies, thanks to the support of Rep. Gary Ackerman, D-Roslyn Heights, who nominated them to attend the institutions.
Sara Giraldo, a student at the Naval Academy Preparatory School, will attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Connor Wade, a student at W.T. Woodson High School in Virginia, will attend the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island.
The service academies are four-year institutions that combine post-secondary education with officer training for the United States armed forces. They include the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York; U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland; U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado; U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, Connecticut.
These academies accept students who have been nominated by Members of Congress. Other students from Nassau County and Queens were also accepted into the academies.
Ackerman has selected students each year during his 30 years in the House of Representatives. This year’s group of students, however, as he is retiring when his term expires in January.
“It has been an honor to nominate the young leaders of our community each year to attend America’s prestigious service academies,” Ackerman, said in a statement. “Each of the students accepted this year are outstanding and exceptional individuals. I congratulate all of them, who will no doubt make our nation very proud.”