Northeast Queens students selected for service academies

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Four students from northeast Queens have been nominated to attend one of five service academies.

Karim Ahmed of Flushing will serve in the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

Sung Ho Chong, an Oakland Gardens native currently at Benjamin Cardozo High School, will go to West Point.

Jacqueline Girardin of Fresh Meadows, now a student at Alfred University, was nominated to attend the Air Force Academy.

Allison Lee from Flushing, who goes to LaGuardia High School, will attend the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.


They are one of six local students nominated by Congresswoman Grace Meng to attend the service academies.

All students will begin attending the academies later this month when they graduate from their high schools. After four years of study, graduates become commissioned as officers in active or reserve components of the U.S. military for a minimum of five years.

Students who want to attend the service academies are typically nominated by their representative in Congress. They’re evaluated based on highly competitive educational, physical and extracurricular standards.

“It is an honor to have nominated these exceptional young men and women to attend our nation’s elite service academies,” Meng said. “These outstanding students are among the best and brightest in our community ad I’m confident the’ll make us proud.”


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