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Lipinski accepting letters from academy hopefuls

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-3, Western Springs) is accepting nomination request letters from youths who live in the 3rd Congressional District and are considering attending a U.S. Service Academy beginning next summer.

The service academies include the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo,; the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.; West Point Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.; and the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. Coast Guard Academy admissions are based on a nationwide competition with no Congressional nominations.

Potential candidates must have reached their 17th birthdays and not passed their 23rd birthdays by July 1 of the year they would enter school; be a United States citizen; have graduated from high school; be unmarried; have taken the ACT and/or SAT; and meet the entrance requirements of the preferred academy. The selection of nominees is based upon a “whole person” evaluation..

Congressional nominations will be made in January. Interested youths should submit written requests as soon as possible. The deadline for completed files is Dec. 3. For more information contact Tom Conners in Lipinski’s Oak Lawn office at 424-0853.