March 09, 2005

Delegation To Host â??Academy Dayâ?? Across Idaho

Seminar Gives Students the Opportunity to See Benefits of Military Service

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Idaho Representatives Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter are hosting the third annual â??Academy Dayâ?? in three locations across Idaho on Saturday, September 20, to explain the application process for U.S. military academies.The informational sessions will be held in three locations:Idaho Falls: Skyline Senior High School, 1767 Blue Sky DriveCoeur dâ??Alene: Kootenai County Administration Building, 451 Government Way, Rooms 1A and 1BBoise: Boise High School,1010 W. Washington Street.Members of Congress can each nominate selected Idaho students to the following: the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado; the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York; the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York; and the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. â??This is a great opportunity for the best and brightest of Idaho's youth to learn more about our nationâ??s military service academies as they consider their options for higher education,â?? Craig said. â??The academies offer excellent academics, strong physical challenges, and the honor of wearing a uniform in the service of our country. I encourage Idaho students to take the time to see what the academies have to offer.â??â??Each year, it is an honor to encourage Idaho students to attend our nationâ??s service academies,â?? Crapo said. â??The academies offer one of the finest educational experiences available in our country, and I urge students who are thinking about their higher education options to seriously consider one of the service academies. The learning environment and opportunities to serve our country are unparalleled.â?? â??Attending one of the military academies is like being educated at an Ivy League-class school,â?? said Simpson. â??In addition to gaining a fine education, students learn discipline, moral ethics and teamwork in a structured environment that fosters leadership and character development.  Iâ??d encourage anyone interested to start planning now and learn more by attending the Academy Day closest to you and receive more information.â??â??At a time in our nation's history when duty, honor and courage once again are held in the highest of esteem, the service academies offer today's youth the unique opportunity of developing those personal resources and putting them to work for America and themselves. I hope Idaho students will include the service academies among the higher education options they consider. Our country needs the best, and the young people of Idaho are just that,â?? Otter said.For more information contact Michelle Panos, Staff Assistant for Senator Craig at 667-6130; Linda Norris, Senior Regional Director for Senator Crapo at 734-2515; Linda Culver, Staff Assistant for Representative Simpson at 734-7219; Jim Adams, State Assistant for Representative Otter at 336-9831.# # #