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May 20, 2013
Nicholas Jeffrey Brandt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Brandt of Hagerstown, recently  accepted an appointment to the Air Force Academy's Class of 2017. Brandt is a senior at Clear Spring High School, where he played varsity soccer for four years and tennis for three years. He is also active in Clear Spring High School's student government, Drama Club, Jonathan Nesbitt History Club, Link Crew and National Honor Society. He has earned regular recognition on the honor roll, and will be graduating third in his class.
NEWS
October 30, 2008
To the editor: My grandson graduated with the Naval Academy Class of 2008 and is now serving as a Marine 2nd lieutenant at Quantico, Va., with a career plan to fly helicopters in the Marine Corps. For the past three years, I have served on Rep. (Roscoe) Bartlett's Academy Selection Council and have been so impressed with the youth we interviewed. All council members have been senior military officers, asking career questions of 17-year-old high school students. Our weekend interview sessions take one to two days; we have interviewed as many as 60 applicants in a day. I have been truly impressed with the dedication of these young people, who love their country enough to make a commitment of many years after graduation.
NEWS
May 10, 2012
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.
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | February 10, 2003
pepperb@herald-mail.com Leadership roles, copies of old X-rays and Congressional nominations are only a few of the requirements that set military academy hopefuls apart from the ranks of college applicants. West Point, the United States Naval Academy, the United States Air Force Academy and the United States Coast Guard Academy all suggest prospective students start applying to the academies of their choice in their junior year of high school. Applicants must first fill out a candidate questionnaire, which asks hopefuls to list out their qualifying accomplishments: above average grades in college preparatory courses, high class rank, high SAT/ACT scores, various leadership roles and teacher recommendations.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | December 31, 2007
WILLIAMSPORT - Patrick Hammond is only 17, but his activities and accolades fill a three-page résumé. The Williamsport High School senior plays varsity sports, is president of the student government and serves as a cadet major in the Hagerstown Civil Air Patrol Squadron. Not surprisingly, the Williamsport senior class named Hammond "Mr. WHS" this year. Hammond hopes his training and academic accomplishments land him a spot in a U.S. military academy because he wants to perform covert operations as an Army Ranger, he said.
NEWS
BY STACEY DANZUSO | March 25, 2002
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Matthew Shaffer was surprised to find out his dentist's office had cleaner air than his school, his doctor's office or his home. The sixth-grader at Hooverville Elementary School in Waynesboro, Pa., spent three weeks monitoring air purifiers he set up at the four locations. He displayed his results at the 20th annual Franklin County (Pa.) Science and Technology Fair this weekend. "My home had the dirtiest filters all three weeks, and the dentist had the cleanest all three weeks," he said.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | March 17, 2003
andrews@herald-mail.com A year after beginning its quest, the Washington County Commission for Women has some answers, but wants more. In the spring of 2002, the commission put out a call for "famous firsts" - accomplishments by pioneering local women. The list is to be published under the name "Working Women of Washington County: First in Their Fields," probably as a book or a pamphlet. Catherine Cushwa Schoen, the president of the commission, said she wasn't just seeking history that would give girls role models.
NEWS
June 7, 1999
By BRUCE HAMILTON / Staff Writer With high school behind him, Jason Newby soon will be going through the "beast barracks. " The 18-year-old St. James School graduate reports to the United States Military Academy at West Point June 28 to begin cadet basic training, a rigorous schedule of daily exercises. Applying to the academy is a competitive process. Requirements involve grades, test scores, strength, endurance and agility. A candidate must pass a medical exam and physical aptitude test.
NEWS
October 13, 1998
Editor's note - Please be as brief as possible when calling Mail Call, The Daily Mail's reader call-in line. Mail Call is not staffed on weekends or holidays so it is best to call Mail Call weekdays at 301-791-6236. Readers are welcome to leave their recorded message on any topic they choose, but some calls are screened out. Here are some of the calls we have received lately: "Yes, I'm calling about Salem Avenue Elementary School. It's a very good school but there is one thing wrong.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | June 29, 2007
For details about the U.S. Air Force Academy, go to www.usafa.af.mil . CLEAR SPRING - Growing up, Nick Smith said he would modify paper airplanes to make them faster and better. Now a teenager, he's working with electronics and car engines. Nick left Wednesday for the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he will pursue his passion for flying and an engineering degree. Nick, 17, graduated from Clear Spring High School this year as the school's valedictorian.
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May 10, 2012
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.
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NEWS
October 30, 2008
To the editor: My grandson graduated with the Naval Academy Class of 2008 and is now serving as a Marine 2nd lieutenant at Quantico, Va., with a career plan to fly helicopters in the Marine Corps. For the past three years, I have served on Rep. (Roscoe) Bartlett's Academy Selection Council and have been so impressed with the youth we interviewed. All council members have been senior military officers, asking career questions of 17-year-old high school students. Our weekend interview sessions take one to two days; we have interviewed as many as 60 applicants in a day. I have been truly impressed with the dedication of these young people, who love their country enough to make a commitment of many years after graduation.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | December 31, 2007
WILLIAMSPORT - Patrick Hammond is only 17, but his activities and accolades fill a three-page résumé. The Williamsport High School senior plays varsity sports, is president of the student government and serves as a cadet major in the Hagerstown Civil Air Patrol Squadron. Not surprisingly, the Williamsport senior class named Hammond "Mr. WHS" this year. Hammond hopes his training and academic accomplishments land him a spot in a U.S. military academy because he wants to perform covert operations as an Army Ranger, he said.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | June 29, 2007
For details about the U.S. Air Force Academy, go to www.usafa.af.mil . CLEAR SPRING - Growing up, Nick Smith said he would modify paper airplanes to make them faster and better. Now a teenager, he's working with electronics and car engines. Nick left Wednesday for the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he will pursue his passion for flying and an engineering degree. Nick, 17, graduated from Clear Spring High School this year as the school's valedictorian.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | June 28, 2007
CLEAR SPRING Growing up, Nick Smith said he would modify paper airplanes to make them faster and better. Now a teenager, he's working with electronics and car engines. Nick left Wednesday for the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he will pursue his passion for flying and an engineering degree. Nick, 17, graduated from Clear Spring High School this year as the school's valedictorian. He'll participate in basic training at the campus in Colorado Springs, Colo., until August when his academic classes will begin.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | March 17, 2003
andrews@herald-mail.com A year after beginning its quest, the Washington County Commission for Women has some answers, but wants more. In the spring of 2002, the commission put out a call for "famous firsts" - accomplishments by pioneering local women. The list is to be published under the name "Working Women of Washington County: First in Their Fields," probably as a book or a pamphlet. Catherine Cushwa Schoen, the president of the commission, said she wasn't just seeking history that would give girls role models.
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | February 10, 2003
pepperb@herald-mail.com Leadership roles, copies of old X-rays and Congressional nominations are only a few of the requirements that set military academy hopefuls apart from the ranks of college applicants. West Point, the United States Naval Academy, the United States Air Force Academy and the United States Coast Guard Academy all suggest prospective students start applying to the academies of their choice in their junior year of high school. Applicants must first fill out a candidate questionnaire, which asks hopefuls to list out their qualifying accomplishments: above average grades in college preparatory courses, high class rank, high SAT/ACT scores, various leadership roles and teacher recommendations.
NEWS
BY STACEY DANZUSO | March 25, 2002
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Matthew Shaffer was surprised to find out his dentist's office had cleaner air than his school, his doctor's office or his home. The sixth-grader at Hooverville Elementary School in Waynesboro, Pa., spent three weeks monitoring air purifiers he set up at the four locations. He displayed his results at the 20th annual Franklin County (Pa.) Science and Technology Fair this weekend. "My home had the dirtiest filters all three weeks, and the dentist had the cleanest all three weeks," he said.
NEWS
June 7, 1999
By BRUCE HAMILTON / Staff Writer With high school behind him, Jason Newby soon will be going through the "beast barracks. " The 18-year-old St. James School graduate reports to the United States Military Academy at West Point June 28 to begin cadet basic training, a rigorous schedule of daily exercises. Applying to the academy is a competitive process. Requirements involve grades, test scores, strength, endurance and agility. A candidate must pass a medical exam and physical aptitude test.
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