Congressman Stephen F. Lynch recently announced that he has nominated Thomas O’Connell of Braintree for appointment to the United States Military Academy. Thomas, the son of John and Kathleen O’Connell, is a senior at Braintree 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.”

“Thomas was highly recommended by his teachers at Braintree High School.  He is a remarkable young man, and we are fortunate that young people like Thomas are willing to serve our nation,” said Congressman Lynch.

Congressman Lynch and his Congressional Liaison to the U.S. Service Academies, 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, Thomas 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 for the United States Military Academy.  Thomas stood out as a young man of keen intelligence and strong character.  He is a wonderful reflection of his parents, John and Kathleen. The O’Connell family, Braintree and the entire state should be proud of Thomas 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.