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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida

Military Academy Nominee Carina Richardson Appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy

April 13, 2018
Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – U.S. Rep Al Lawson (FL-05) is proud to announce that Rickards High School senior Carina Richardson received an offer of appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Richardson was one of Rep. Lawson’s nominees for the military academy.  

“Carina is a bright young woman with a promising future,” Lawson said. “I applaud her dedication, hard work and desire to serve our country. It is leaders like Carina who help us to build stronger communities. I was honored to nominate her for acceptance to one our nation’s military academies and wish her continued success.”

Richardson was motivated to continue in the footsteps of family members who have served and are currently serving in the military. After attending the U.S. Naval Academy’s Summer STEM camp and the U.S. Naval Academy’s Summer Seminar, Richardson said she knew this was the right path for her.

“I am extremely grateful to Congressman Lawson for his nomination and this opportunity,” said Richardson, who will start at the Naval Academy in the fall. “I look forward to my journey of becoming a naval officer and working with a team of diverse and talented individuals. The Naval Academy trains leaders and helps develop them ‘morally, mentally and physically.’ I am honored to be part of this prestigious process.”

Richardson currently holds a 4.67 GPA and serves as her school’s Student Government Association president. She is a member of the National Honor Society and competes on the varsity track, soccer and cross-country teams. Richardson is also the student member of the Leon County School Board, representing the district's 40,000 students.

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 will 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 upon graduation.

Richardson is Rep. Lawson’s first nominee to be appointed to a military academy this year. His office holds an annual Military Academy Day in the fall to identify potential nominees.

For more information, visit https://lawson.house.gov/military.

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