MAU senior nominated for admission to 3 U.S. service academies

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MONTPELIER — Gabriel Niles, of Bennington, has been nominated by U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch for admission to the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Military Academy.

Niles received his nomination certificates, signed by all three members of Vermont's congressional delegation, during a ceremony in the Cedar Creek Room at the Vermont State House on Saturday.

This year's nominees were selected by Leahy, Welch and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders through a competitive vetting process. Their names have been forwarded to the Academies for final decisions.

Niles, a senior at Mount Anthony Union High School, was one of 22 Vermont high school students nominated for admission to a United States service academy, and the only representative of Bennington County. The list includes 17 men and five women.



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