Salem, MA — Today, Representative Seth Moulton (MA-06) announced five candidates from the Sixth Congressional District have accepted appointments at one of the nation’s military service academies. A video announcement from Rep. Moulton is available here.
“Serving as an officer in the Marines was one of the hardest experiences of my life, but also one of the best. It takes a unique person to volunteer for service and to attend a service academy,” said Moulton. “I applaud everyone who is serving our country right now, and I congratulate these outstanding students on their appointments.”
Kai Chun and Benjamin Grunes are joining the U.S. Naval Academy.
Chun is from Bedford and attends Bedford high school. Chun has been involved in multiple extracurricular activities including the National Honor Society, School Committee Board Member, and the Rotary Youth Leadership. He is also the captain of his school’s gymnastics team, President of the Asian-American club and founder of the Ground Up Initiative which establishes a platform for students to get together to discuss and solve problems in school.
Grunes is from Billerica and attends St. John’s Preparatory School where he was captain of his school’s varsity Lacrosse team and captain of the freshman football team. He was also an active member of his school’s swimming team and co-president of his school’s Honor Society.
Evan Symes and Jasmin Yannix are headed to West Point Academy.
Symes is from Rockport and attends St. John’s Preparatory School where he is an active member of his school’s Leadership Institute and student mentor program. He is also a student orientation leader and the captain of his school’s sailing and ski teams.
Yannix is from Bedford, MA and attends Bedford High School. She is a member of her school’s Service Leaders Club and ROTC program where she has been featured as Cadet of the Month. She also plays Intramural Volleyball and served as team captain for two seasons. She also spends time volunteering as a physics tutor and music education mentor.
Kyle McCarthy will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Kyle is from Lynn, MA and attends Lynn Classical High School and was an active member of his school’s Varsity Golf, Track and Field, and Indoor Track teams. He has served as a captain of all three teams.
These students were nominated to the Service Academies, following a rigorous vetting process last fall. Moulton’s congressional office convenes a panel of professionals with careers in the armed forces as well as Service Academy graduates to carry out the nomination process.