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Lawmakers Congratulate Students From Ridgefield Heading To Naval Academy

A number of students from Connecticut will attend the U.S. Naval Academy.
A number of students from Connecticut will attend the U.S. Naval Academy. Photo Credit: U.S. Naval Academy

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Students from Ridgefield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Newtown and Redding, as well as from other Connecticut towns and cities, have accepted offers of appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

These students are as follows:

  • Bradley Alexander: Ridgefield
  • Theodore David Freidenrich: Ridgefied
  • Peter Van Duyne: Greenwich
  • Michael Joseph Henesey: New Canaan
  • Christian Eiger Hoffman: Newtown
  • Daniel Dolan: Redding
  • Timothy Brough: Wethersfield
  • Benjamin Birney: Wallingford
  • Steven Caldwell: Cheshire
  • Benjamin Clemens: Woodbridge
  • Seamus Bourne Dwyer: Glastonbury
  • Catlen Elizabeth Goss: Clinton
  • Benjamin Hardee Nicholas: Cornwall
  • Jared Robert Taintor: Storrs
  • Yuwi Yamashita: Windsor

Each year, members of Congress are able to nominate candidates for appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.

U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy (both D-Conn.), and U.S. Reps. John Larson (D-1), Joe Courtney (D-2), Rosa DeLauro (D-3), Jim Himes (D-4) and Elizabeth Esty (D-5) released the names of these students.

“These impressive students are stepping forward to serve our country, fight for our freedom, and protect our democracy,” said the legislators. “Nominating these young leaders to attend one of our nation’s service academies is a great privilege, and we are proud to support Connecticut’s best and brightest students as they embark on this path. These are smart, tough, dedicated men and women who are volunteering to risk and commit all. We are grateful to them and their families for their service.”

Graduates are commissioned as officers in the active or reserve components of the military and serve for a minimum of five years. The nominees were chosen by each Member’s Selection Committees, a nonpartisan board made up of service academy graduates and retired military personnel.

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