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Grassley: Naval Academy Selects Ames Student

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Location: Washington, DC

Senator Chuck Grassley said today that Bernard Forney of Ames has received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, for the 2013-2014 school year.

Forney is the son of Barbara and Craig Forney. He is homeschooled and will graduate from high school in May. Bernard Forney is active in track and field and cross country, as well as band. He is an Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow Troop Representative and President of the Word on Wednesday Club.

"Admission to the service academies is highly competitive and a great honor," Grassley said. "Students like Bernard Forney work very hard to earn this kind of opportunity, and I join many others, no doubt, in wishing him well and expressing appreciation for his commitment to serving."

Grassley said that Orion Boylston of Ames and Matthew Lee and Jackson Peplow of Iowa City also were selected this year for fall admission to the U.S. Naval Academy. And, Adam Bradley of Dubuque, Brett Morales of Davenport, Patrick Mullin of Cedar Rapids, and Wilson Pingrey of Coon Rapids have been appointed for fall admission to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

All of these students were among the Iowans Grassley nominated this year for appointments to the U.S. service academies. Information about seeking nominations is posted at

For more than 200 years, these academies have educated and trained individuals to lead and command the U.S. armed forces.`

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