Congressman Stephen F. Lynch announced today that he has nominated James RePass, Jr. of Gates Street in South Boston for an appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.  James, the son of James RePass, Sr. and Rosemary Lyons, is a student at Boston Latin High School and a six-year member of the student council.


Each year, as part of his Congressional responsibilities, Congressman Lynch is asked to present one or two exemplary candidates from the 9th Congressional District for admission to the Naval Academy at Annapolis, the Military Academy at West Point, the Air Force Academy and the Merchant Marine Academy.  "It seems as though after September 11th, 2001, the number of highly qualified applicants seeking admission to the Service Academies has increased sharply.  This is the best of America's next generation answering their nation's call to duty.  These are all remarkable young people from wonderful families.  It gives me great hope for our nation’s future,” said Congressman Lynch.


"James came highly regarded by the Navy and by his teachers at Boston Latin.  He is exceptional, and we expect great things from him.  I’m very proud to make this nomination.  These are challenging times for our nation's military, and after visiting Iraq and spending some time in Baghdad and Tikrit with our troops, I am especially mindful of the personal courage that these decisions require of these young men and women.  And I know how it effects the entire family, and the South Boston community, so it becomes quite personal," said Congressman Lynch.


Congressman Lynch and his Congressional Liaison for Military Affairs, Bob Fowkes, examined each candidate's academic record, athletic achievements, extra-curricular activities and letters of recommendation.  After the extensive review process, James RePass, Jr. was selected as someone whose character and love of his country put him at the top of an impressive group of candidates.


Congressman Lynch said, "This was a very competitive process because of the large number of outstanding candidates from our district.  James is a wonderful reflection of his parents, James and Rosemary, and his grandmother, Peggy RePass.   I know that he will make an extraordinary addition to the U.S. Armed Forces.  The RePass and Lyons families, as well as the neighborhood of South Boston and the entire state have much to be proud of in James.  In making this nomination, I share that pride.” 


Congressman Lynch encourages all high school juniors interested in attending one of the United States Service Academies to contact Mr. Robert Fowkes in his Boston Office at (617) 428-2000.