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Big Island Student Among Nominees for Service Academies

January 14, 2016, 1:18 PM HST
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Senator Schatz with last year’s nominees who received appointments to the U.S. Service Academies. Photo courtesy of the Office of Senator Schatz.

Senator Schatz with last year’s nominees who received appointments to the U.S. Service Academies. Photo courtesy of the Office of Senator Schatz.

Big Island student Sarina Wyrick was recognized by United States Senator Brian Schatz Thursday as being among 40 students in the state to attend one of the nation’s four service academies.

Wyrick is a current student of St. Joseph High School.

“The selection of nominees to attend our nation’s service academies is a highly competitive process,” said Senator Schatz. “These young men and women are impressive, courageous individuals who will become new leaders of our military force. Their commitment to serve and protect our great nation is an example of true patriotism, and I thank all of them for representing their families, communities, and the State of Hawai‘i with honor.”

A panel that included Allen Hoe, decorated Vietnam War veteran and current Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for East Hawai’i, selected the nominees.

Applicants were considered based on their ability to successfully meet the rigorous demands for the undergraduate education and training of officers of the United States Armed Forces, as well as leadership skills demonstrated through athletics and other organizations and their overall commitment to the military, community, and country.

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Nominees will now be considered for appointment by the U.S. Service Academies.

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