Douglas County Sentinel: Scott nominates five students from Douglas Co. for military academies

Five students from Douglas County were recognized at a ceremony Saturday hosted by U.S. Congressman David Scott with nominations to attend one of the nation’s military service academies.

Scott, a Democrat, represents Georgia's 13th Congressional District, which covers all of Douglas County. The congressman hosts the ceremony every year and this year nominated 23 students from across the 13th District.

Scott said he wanted to recognize “the students’ achievement, bravery and willingness to serve our nation in our military academies and armed forces.”

The five students from Douglas County nominated by Scott to attend military service academies are:

• James Benedict II, Douglasville, Douglas County High School, U.S. Air Force Academy

• Trenton Griffin, Douglasville, Douglas County High School, U.S. Air Force Academy

• Jacob Gurley, Douglasville, Bremen High School, U.S. Military Academy at West Point

• Joshua Moses, Douglasville, Douglas County High School, U.S. Naval Academy

• Logan Sewell, Douglasville, Chapel Hill High School, U.S. Naval Academy

Saturday’s ceremony was held at Brawner Hall in Smyrna. Scott formally presented the congressional nominations to the 23 students seeking appointments to attend to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Co., Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., or Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.

Additionally, the program featured a special presentation of the Purple Heart Medal by Congressman Scott and Ft. Gillem Medical Command Col. Craig Parsons to Vietnam Veteran Lee I. Pickering.

Dignitaries from Douglas County were on hand for the ceremony including Douglas County Commission Chairman Romona Jackson Jones, Douglasville Mayor Rochelle Robinson, Douglasville Mayor Pro Tem Richard Segal and Douglasville City Councilwoman LaShun Burr Danley.