Congressman Stephen F. Lynch announced today that he has nominated Michael Fitzpatrick, Jr. of South Street in Walpole for an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point.   Michael, the son of Michael Fitzpatrick, Sr. and Valerie Ferrari, is Company Commander for his Army Reserve Unit and a 2002 graduate of Trinity Catholic High School.


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.


"Michael came highly regarded by the Army.  He has served with honor and distinction over the last two years, and we expect great things from him in the future.  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 Walpole 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, Michael Fitzpatrick, 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.  Michael is a wonderful reflection of his parents, Michael Fitzpatrick, Sr. and Valerie Ferrari.   I know that he will make an extraordinary addition to the United States Armed Forces.  The Fitzpatrick and Ferrari families, as well as the town of Walpole and the entire state have much to be proud of in Michael.  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.