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Congressman recognizes military academy nominees

Jonesboro youth, Jordan Sartor-Francis, says he has two choices about where he can go to college: Just up Interstate 75, to the Georgia Institute of Technology, or all the way up to Annapolis, Md., and the U.S. Naval Academy.

The 18-year-old senior at Our Lady of Mercy High School, in Fayetteville, already has an appointment in hand to attend the Naval Academy, as part of an offer to play football and run track at the school. But, he also has an offer go to Georgia Tech, and be a member of its track team.

A respected military academy, or a respected engineering school. Decisions. Decisions.

These are the options one gets when one has a 3.65 grade point average, a 200-meters track and field state championship, and plays wide receiver on the football field.

Sartor-Francis said, on Thursday ,that he is leaning heavily toward the Naval Academy, and a planned trip to the school this weekend could seal the deal, putting him on the path to becoming a midshipman.

“I’m looking forward to the long-term benefits of attending the Naval Academy,” he said. “It’s the structure that comes with being enrolled there, and it helps build character. Going to school there will help me become the kind of person I want to become. When I got the appointment, I felt it was a rare opportunity that you don’t get every day. It’s going to set me up to be very successful in the future.”

Sartor-Francis is one of 23 students from Georgia Congressional District 13, who will be recognized by Congressman David Scott (D-Ga.) as his 2012 military academy nominees on Feb. 4, during a ceremony at the National Archives at Atlanta, located at 5780 Jonesboro Road, in Morrow. Eleven of the nominated students are from Clayton and Henry counties.

The students have been nominated by Scott for appointments to the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, in West Point, N.Y., and the U.S. Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“One of the greatest privileges I enjoy as the Congressman is to be able to honor the bright and talented students from my District, who will, one day, lead our armed forces,” said Scott, in a written statement. “I am very proud to nominate this year’s group of students to attend our military academies.

“America’s military is the best and strongest in the world,” Scott added. “That is why the academies require exceptional academic achievement and high character of its students to become successful military leaders. Without question, each of the students to be honored in my ceremony next week possesses these qualities and more.”

Clayton County nominees include:

• Jonesboro High School student, Jordon Bowen — nominated for the U.S. Air Force Academy.

• Mundy’s Mill High School student, Ibrahim Fadika — nominated for the U.S. Air Force Academy.

• Our Lady of Mercy High School student, Jordan Sartor-Francis — nominated for the U.S. Naval Academy.

• North Clayton High School student, Christian Ward — nominated for the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Henry County nominees include:

• Stockbridge High School students, Torrey Butler and Thomas Daniels — nominated for the U.S. Naval Academy.

• Fellow Stockbridge High School students, Mylon Randolph and Ricardo Salas — nominated for the U.S. Air Force Academy.

• Woodland High School student, Devin Encinias — nominated for the U.S. Military Academy.

• Paragon Academy student, Anna Poole — nominated for the U.S. Air Force Academy.

• U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School student, Christina Gamble — nominated for the U.S. Air Force Academy.