Congressman Stephen F. Lynch recently announced that he has nominated Michael Ross Sharp of Indian Trail in Whitman for an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point.  Michael, the son of Michelle and Gerald Sharp, is a senior at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School and a member of the varsity wrestling and football 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.”

"Michael was highly recommended by his teachers and coaches at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School.  He is a remarkable young man, and we are fortunate that young people like Michael 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 his letters of recommendation.  After an extensive review process and a personal interview, Michael Sharp was selected as someone whose scholastic record and community service 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 Military Academy.  Michael stood out as a young man of keen intelligence and strong character.  He is a wonderful reflection of his parents, Michelle and Gerald Sharp.  The Sharp family, the town of Whitman, and the entire state should be proud of Michael 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.