Congressman Stephen F. Lynch recently announced that he has nominated Andrew Maxwell, of Brookline Street in Needham, for an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point.  Andrew, the son of Helen and Steve Maxwell, is a senior at St. Sebastian’s School and a member of the varsity hockey, soccer, and lacrosse 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.”

"Andrew was highly recommended by his teachers and coaches in Needham.  He is a remarkable young man, and we are fortunate that young people like Andrew 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 their letters of recommendation.  After an extensive review process and a personal interview, Andrew Maxwell 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. Military Academy at West Point.  Andrew stood out as a young man of high intelligence and strong character.  He is a wonderful reflection of his parents, Helen and Steve Maxwell, as well as his grandparents, Robert Maxwell and Donald and Barbara Cusack.  The Maxwell family, the town of Needham, and the entire state, should be proud of Andrew 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.