UPPER MARLBORO, MD –This evening, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) hosted the 37thannual Fifth District Military Service Academy Forum. The event provided students in grades 8ththrough 11thand their parents with the opportunity to learn about the United States Military Service Academies and speak directly with representatives about the application process.

“I was very pleased to meet with many exceptional students this evening,”said Congressman Hoyer. “It is my honor to nominate students in the Fifth District to our nation’s service academies. This year, 13 students who I have nominated have been offered appointments. Despite reductions in class size, two more students in the Fifth District received appointments than last year – an impressive achievement.”

“I’m proud that so many students have answered the call to serve their nation,”continued Congressman Hoyer. “The military service academies provide an excellent foundation to begin service, and I’m impressed that so many outstanding students from the Fifth District have sought to begin their careers at an academy. I join in thanking these students for the commitment to their nation, and I extend my gratitude to the family and friends who have encouraged these students.”

Lt. Melody Lee, the Regional Director of the U.S. Naval Academy, served as keynote speaker of the forum. Students and parents in attendance had the opportunity to speak directly with college ROTC coordinators, admissions personnel, military recruiters, and members of the Fifth Congressional District Academy Selection Board.