Congressman Stephen F. Lynch announced today that he has nominated Spenser Lee of Jeanne Road in Randolph for an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs.   Spenser, the son of John and Shirley Lee, is an honor student at Randolph High School and the Captain of the Varsity Cross Country, Wrestling and Track Teams.

Upon his admission, Spenser Lee will join another Randolph native, Jennifer Ng of Lisa Road, who was appointed by Congressman Lynch to the Air Force Academy in 2003.  Ng was recently ranked in the top 2% of the Class of 2007 at the Academy.

Each year, as part of his Congressional responsibilities, Congressman Lynch is asked to present one or two exemplary candidates from the 9th Congressional District for admission to the Naval Academy at Annapolis, the Military Academy at West Point, the Air Force Academy and the Merchant Marine Academy.  "It seems as though after September 11th, 2001, the number of highly qualified applicants seeking admission to the Military Academies has increased sharply.  This is the best of America's next generation answering their nation's call to duty.  These are all remarkable young people from wonderful families.  It gives me great hope for our nation’s future,” said Congressman Lynch.

"Spenser came highly regarded by the Air Force and by his teachers and coaches in Randolph.  He is exceptional and we expect great things from him.  I’m very proud to make this nomination.  These are challenging times for our nation's military, and after visiting Baghdad and spending some time with our troops, I am especially mindful of the personal courage that these decisions require of these young men and women.  And I know how it effects the entire family, and the Randolph community, so it becomes quite personal," said Congressman Lynch.

After an extensive review process during which Congressman Lynch with his Congressional Liaison for Military Affairs Bob Fowkes, together with the military academies examined each candidate's academic record, athletic achievements, extra-curricular activities and letters of recommendation, Spenser Lee was selected as someone whose academic strengths, character and love of him country put him at the top of an impressive group of candidates.

Congressman Lynch said, "This was a very competitive process because of the large number of outstanding candidates from our district.  Spenser is a wonderful reflection of his parents John and Shirley Lee.   I know that he will make an extraordinary addition to the U.S. Armed Forces.  The Lee family, as well as the town of Randolph and the entire state have much to be proud of in Spenser.  In making this nomination, I share that pride.” 

Congressman Lynch encourages all high school juniors interested in attending one of the United States Service Academies to contact Mr. Robert Fowkes in his Boston Office at (617) 428-2000.