Lawson’s nominee Charles Latimer appointed to U.S. Military Academy at West Point

Charles Latimer holds a 4.59 GPA and is involved in several extracurricular activities at John Paul II High School.
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Special to the Outlook

 U.S. Rep Al Lawson announced that John Paul II Catholic High School senior Charles Latimer received an offer of appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York, N.Y.

Latimer was one of Rep. Lawson’s nominees for the military academy. Lawson announced Latimer’s appointment last Tuesday.

“Charles personifies the skills and grit needed for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point,” Lawson said. “His commitment to serve his community is certainly admirable. It is dedicated individuals like Charles who will continue to inspire those around them. I congratulate him on his appointment and wish him continued success.”

Latimer’s quest toward the academy was inspired by a close friend and his desire to be a part of something bigger than himself. He looks forward to serving as an asset to his country and is confident West Point will mold him into an honorable man of society.

“I am honored to have received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point,” said Latimer, who will start at the military academy in the fall. “I would like to thank Congressman Al Lawson and his staff for this amazing opportunity and their support. It has been a pleasure and privilege to work with them through this process.”

Latimer currently holds a 4.59 GPA and serves on his school’s Dance Marathon Executive Board. He is a member of Model United Nations and competes on the varsity track, football and baseball teams. Latimer also spearheaded the distribution of more than 150 items to Tallahassee’s homeless community.

Members of Congress may nominate students to the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. While a nomination does not guarantee acceptance into one of these academies, it is required as part of the applicant’s submission packet. Those selected to attend a service academy, must commit to serve in the military for a minimum of five years after graduation.