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Parker congratulated by Congressman Smith

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Congressman Jason Smith (R-MO) recently congratulated Bo Parker, of Mountain Grove, on his appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point this fall. Parker is one of only four students to receive appointments to one of the U.S. Service Academies this year out of all the nominations made by Congressman Smith.

Smith praised Bo’s leadership skills, academic and athletic accomplishments and desire to make a difference in the world. Smith expressed his confidence in Parker and encouraged him to continue to set high goals for himself.

“One of the greatest privileges of my job is nominating outstanding students from the 8th district to attend one of our U.S. service academies,” Congressman Smith said. “It’s an intense process and Bo has done a phenomenal job in meeting the requirements for admission. I am honored to have played a part in helping him achieve his dreams and I look forward to keeping up with him as he begins his military career.”

Bo Parker, a graduate of Mountain Grove High School, is interested in serving 20 years in the Army and possibly running for political office one day. He is ranked 24th in the world in archery. He will be joined at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point by Dathan Mickem from Rolla.  The other two appointees from southern Missouri are Nate Bramwell, from Pomona, and Stephen Copeland, from Ava. Both will be attending the U.S. Naval Academy.

The Congressman is accepting applications for 2021 nominations to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. To receive a nomination packet via email, high school seniors or graduates who will be under 23 years of age by July 1, 2021 may contact the Congressman’s Farmington office at 573-756-9755 or email donna.hickman@mail.house.gov. Deadline for submissions is Oct. 30.

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