Norton Holds Congratulatory Event for Military Service Academy Appointees

Jun 9, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and her Service Academy Selection Board held a celebration for the eleven students from the District of Columbia who accepted appointments to the United States service academies. Every year, Norton’s Service Academy Selection Board nominates D.C. high school seniors to the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The service academies select the best of her nominees for appointments.

“I congratulate this group of eleven D.C. students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics and community service,” Norton said. “I am proud of all the successful and hardworking D.C. students who have allowed me to nominate an extraordinary group of students that meet and surpass our high standards. I know this group will go on to be future leaders of our country, and I’m honored to have had a hand in helping them get there.”

This year’s appointees include eleven excellent men and women: Tenlea Radack (Woodrow Wilson High School, Ward 3), Jianni Woodson-Brooks (Woodbury Forrest High School, Ward 5), and Meryem Yucel-Lazo (Naval Academy Preparatory School/Columbia Heights Education Campus, Ward 1) received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Matthew Knutson (The Landon School, Ward 3) and Amiri Bruce (School Without Walls High School, Ward 7) received an appointment to the United States Military Academy. David Brown (Archbishop Carroll High School, Ward 6) received an appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Riley Marsh (School Without Walls High School, Ward 1) received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. Jessica Singletary (Bishop McNamara High School, Ward 4) will attend the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School. Emanuel Garcia (Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy, Ward 7), Tania Hernandez (Columbia Heights Education Campus, Ward 1), and Saddique Stephens (DeMatha Catholic High School, Ward 8) will attend the Naval Academy Preparatory School. Upon the successful completion of their year of preparatory work, they will receive appointments to their respective service academies.