Congressman Stephen F. Lynch recently announced that he has nominated Jonathan Leone for appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Jonathan, the son of Robert and Carol, is a senior at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School.

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

“Jonathan was highly recommended by his teachers and coaches at Whitman-Hanson. He is a remarkable young man, and we are fortunate that young people like Jonathan 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, Jonathan Leone, 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. Merchant Marine Academy. Jonathan stood out as a young man of keen intelligence and strong character. He is a wonderful reflection of his parents, Robert and Carol. The Leone family, the town of Whitman and the entire state should be proud of Jonathan 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.