Congressman Stephen F. Lynch recently announced that he has nominated Matthew Neelon of Milton for appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. Matthew, the son of William and Diane Neelon, is a senior at the Roxbury Latin School.

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 was no exception. These candidates are the best of the best, and I am proud of their desire to serve our country.”

“Matthew was highly recommended by his teachers and coaches at Roxbury Latin. He is a remarkable young man, and we are fortunate that young people like Matthew 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 letters of recommendation. After an extensive review process and a personal interview, Matthew Neelon 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. Air Force Academy. Matthew stood out as a young man of keen intelligence and strong character. He is a wonderful reflection of his parents, William and Diane. The Neelon family, the town of Milton, and the entire state should be proud of Matthew 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.