Congressman Stephen F. Lynch recently announced that he has nominated David Michael Ellis of Talbot Road in Braintree for an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point and the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.  David, the son of David and Patricia Ellis, is a senior at Braintree High School and captain of the varsity soccer and gymnastics 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.”

"David was highly recommended by his teachers and coaches in Braintree.  He is a remarkable young man, and we are fortunate that young people like David 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, David Ellis 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. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.  David stood out as a young man of keen intelligence and strong character.  He is a wonderful reflection of his parents, David and Patricia Ellis, as well as his grandparents, Chester and Florence Ellis and Jack and Barbara Holzman.  The Ellis family, the town of Braintree, and the entire state should be proud of David 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.