Congressman Stephen F. Lynch recently announced that he has nominated Andrew J. Laughna of Noannet Circle in Westwood for an appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis and the United States Military Academy at West Point.  Andrew, the son of Rory and Martha Laughna, is a senior at Westwood High School and a member of the varsity ice hockey and lacrosse teams.

As part of his annual Congressional responsibilities, Congressman Lynch nominates exemplary candidates to the armed services academies.  "Since September 11, 2001, the quality of applicants has steadily improved every year, and this year the decision was especially tough.  These candidates are the best of the best, and I am proud of their desire to serve our country.”

"Andrew was highly recommended by his teachers and coaches in Westwood.  He is a remarkable young man, and we are fortunate that young people like Andrew are willing to serve our nation,” said Congressman Lynch.

Congressman Lynch and his Congressional Liaison for Military Affairs, Bob Fowkes, examined each candidate’s record of academic, athletic, and service achievements, as well as their letters of recommendation.  After an extensive review process and a personal interview, Andrew Laughna was selected as someone whose scholastic record and community contributions elevated him to the top of a list of well-qualified candidates.

Congressman Lynch said, "There were many impressive candidates this year from the Ninth Congressional District for the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  Andrew stood out as a young man of keen intelligence and strong character.  He is a wonderful reflection of his parents, Rory and Martha Laughna.  The Laughna family, the town of Westwood, and the entire state should be proud of Andrew in this achievement.”

Students interested in attending one of the United States Service Academies should contact Mr. Robert Fowkes in Congressman Lynch’s Boston office at 617-428-2000.