Congressman Stephen F. Lynch announced today that he has nominated Joshua Dixon of Porter Street in Whitman for an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point.   Josh, the son of John and Mary Beth Dixon, is a student at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School and Captain of the Varsity Wrestling Team.


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, the Military Academy, 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.


"Josh came highly regarded by the Army and by his teachers and coaches at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School.  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.  I know how it effects the entire family, and the Whitman 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, Josh Dixon 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.  Josh is a wonderful reflection of his parents, John and Mary Beth Dixon, and his grandparents, John and Lorraine Dixon and Daniel and Nancy Campbell.   I know that he will make an extraordinary addition to the United States Armed Forces.  The Dixon family, as well as the town of Whitman and the entire state have much to be proud of in Josh.  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.