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Photo courtesy of Meng's office
Photo courtesy of Meng's office
Meng stands with the Queens students accepted to US service academies this year

Eight students hailing from Bayside, Flushing, Fresh Meadows, Glendale and Jamaica are headed to elite service academies this summer.

Congresswoman Grace Meng met with the students hailing from all areas of the 6th District who were recently accepted into service academies throughout the country. Each student was nominated by Meng and met a variety of educational, physical and extracurricular standards set by each institution.

The students are as follows:

  • Acacia Chai, a Flushing resident at Francis Lewis High School, will attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • Thomas Knight, a Flushing resident at Xavier High School, will attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • Charles Lo, a Jamaica resident at Aviation High School, will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Allard Peng, a Flushing resident at Stuyvesant High School, will attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • Szymon Szabat, a Glendale resident at Aviation High School, will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Kelly White, a Bayside resident at Bayside High School, will attend the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland
  • Crystal Zhang, a Fresh Meadows resident at Francis Lewis High School, will attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • Evan Zhang, a Flushing resident at Mercersburg Academy in PA, will attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point

The academies will prepare the college-aged Americans to be officers of the U.S. uniformed services. Upon graduation, they will become commissioned as officers in the active or reserve components of the U.S. military or merchant marine for a minimum of five years.

“Each year, I have the honor of nominating local students for our nation’s prestigious service academies and I’m proud to congratulate this year’s group of young men and women,” Meng said. “All are extraordinary individuals who seek to become future military leaders of our nation. I know they’ll make our borough and nation proud and I thank each of them for their commitment to serve our country. I wish them the very best for success.”

On June 18, Meng hosted a reception for each student and his or her family at the representative’s Flushing office. Each student was also presented with Certificates of Congressional Recognition.

Those high school students interested in attending U.S. Service Academies can attend an upcoming information night sponsored by Meng. Details on the day and location of the event are forthcoming.

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Michael June 21, 2018 / 09:16PM
Congratulations to all of the selectees, especially the Aviation HS grads! Aviation High School 1978-US Navy 1978-1995
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