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February 20, 2013

Local students nominated to attend military academies

High school students from Andover and Methuen are among 31 young men and women from the Third Congressional District who have been selected as nominees for appointments to the U.S. Military, Naval and Air Force Academies.

Brian Manning and Eric Wybenga of Andover High have been selected for the Military Academy at West Point; Sawyer Rogers of Andover and a student at Brooks Academy has been appointed to the Naval Academy; and Brian Finn of Andover, a student at Lawrence Academy and Andrew Bolduc of Methuen High, have been appointed to the Air Force Academy.

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas will hold a reception for the nominees tomorrow from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Lowell City Hall, Mayor’s Reception Room.

Each student was nominated following an evaluation of their academic records, extracurricular activities, and in-person interviews with Congresswoman Tsongas’ independent Academies Nomination Committee.

“These nominees have demonstrated academic excellence in their high school classrooms, considerable achievement in athletic and extracurricular activities, and a strong desire to serve their communities and country. This reception will offer the opportunity to honor these remarkable young men and women and recognize their dedication to the Third District’s proud military tradition,” Tsongas said.

Talk for teens and young adults

LAWRENCE — On Friday, March 1 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Memorial Parish Center on East Kingston Street, corner of South Broadway, Massachusetts State Trooper John Fanning,

Drug Recognition expert, will offer a talk for teenagers and young adults entitled: “THE WHOLE TRUTH, What You Should Know About Drug & Alcohol Abuse and its Consequences.”

Trooper Fanning has been a witness to dozens of fatal accidents and arrests due to drug and alcohol abuse by teenagers and young people. He will explain from a professional stance what the effects of drugs and alcohol are on the mind, body and behavior of young individuals and how to avoid falling into these pitfallsin order to have a clean, safe and well balanced life.

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