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Mackenzie Riford accepts appointment to U.S. Military Academy

May 10, 2012

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin has announced that Mackenzie Riford, 18, of Hagerstown, has accepted appointment to the U.S. Military Academy.

She is a student at Mercersburg (Pa.) Academy/Shippensburg (Pa.) University.

Riford was one of nine Marylanders who have accepted appointments to the U.S. service academies for the 2012-13 academic year. They were nominated by Cardin, D-Md.

The five U.S. service academies — the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy — recruit top-notch young American men and women who will appreciate an excellent education and a chance to serve their country.

“Every year, it is my privilege to nominate some of the brightest, most dedicated students in Maryland to the U.S. Service Academies,” Cardin said.  “A service academy education is an honor that is afforded the best and brightest of our nation. Important obligations go with that appointment, obligations that are essential to keeping our nation strong.”

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