Congressman Stephen F. Lynch recently announced that he has nominated Jessica Pires of Arthur Street in Brockton for an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point.  Jessica, the daughter of Claudino and Joana Pires, is a senior at Brockton High School and a JROTC battalion commander.

As part of his annual Congressional responsibilities, Congressman Lynch nominates exemplary candidates to the 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.”

"Jessica was highly recommended by her teachers and advisors at Brockton High School.  She is a remarkable young woman, and we are fortunate that young people like Jessica 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 her letters of recommendation.  After an extensive review process and a personal interview, Jessica Pires was selected as someone whose scholastic record and community service elevated her 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.  Jessica stood out as a young woman of keen intelligence and strong character.  She is a wonderful reflection of her parents, Claudino and Joana Pires.  The Pires family, the city of Brockton, and the entire state should be proud of Jessica 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.