Congressman Stephen F. Lynch recently announced that he has nominated Ryan David McGovern of Stevens Drive in Holbrook for an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point.  Ryan, the son of Mary and Michael McGovern, is a senior at Cardinal Spellman High School and a member of the varsity track and cross country teams.

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.”

"Ryan was highly recommended by his teachers and coaches at Spellman.  He is a remarkable young man, and we are fortunate that young people like Ryan 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 his letters of recommendation.  After an extensive review process and a personal interview, Ryan McGovern was selected as someone whose scholastic record and community service 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 Military Academy.  Ryan stood out as a young man of keen intelligence and strong character.  He is a wonderful reflection of his parents, Mary and Michael McGovern.  The McGovern family, the town of Holbrook, and the entire state should be proud of Ryan 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.