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Two Hastings students honored by congressman

Two Hastings students honored by congressman

Hastings High School seniors Kate Haywood and Jack Horton show their awards. Haywood received a Congressional Medal of Merit, and Horton received his appointment to the U.S. Military Academy. (Photo by Jennifer Haywood)

Two Hastings students honored by congressman

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) recognized the 2019 service academy appointees and student Congressional Medal of Merit recipients from Michigan’s Third District at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum May 4.

Jack Horton, son of James and Cindy Horton, received appointment to the United States Military Academy.

Senior Katherine Haywood, daughter of Matt and Jennifer Haywood, received a Congressional Medal of Merit.

Lakewood senior Allen Gibson also received a Congressional Medal of Merit, but was not able to attend the ceremony.

Applicants to the service academies require a nomination from an authorized nominating source, which includes members of Congress. To assist with the nominating process, Amash assembled a committee of military and civic leaders who reviewed applications, interviewed potential nominees, and made recommendations.

The Congressional Medal of Merit recognizes high school seniors who have demonstrated exemplary citizenship and academic excellence. Recipients were nominated by their principals or guidance counselors.

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