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Kennedale High School student Bahij Said is well on his way to securing a college education.
Bahij has received 4 Service Academy nominations, which is the maximum a candidate can receive from an elected official. He has a nomination to the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. There are five with the fifth being the U.S. Coast Guard Academy but it is not necessary to seek a nomination to the Coast Guard Academy, as the U.S.C.G.A. accepts candidates based on their own testing criteria.
Steps in the process …
Eligibility – Each applicant for a nomination must meet the following eligibility requirements as of July 1st of the year of admission to an academy:
- Be at least 17 years old, but not have passed the 23rd birthday; must be a U.S. citizen; must be unmarried, not pregnant, and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents; must have a legal residence within the boundaries of the nominating entity/individual; and must meet the medical, physical, and academic requirements of the military academy(s)
The submission of the following for each nomination – a completed application; materials from all high schools or colleges attended including transcript(s), and standardized test scores; resume; essay written from prompt; and, three recommendation letters from individuals who know you personally.
A nomination is not an appointment yet …
The next step in the process is obtaining a nomination. In Said’s case, it has been four of them. A nomination is an authorization for a candidate to be considered for entrance by an academy. The appointment is an actual slot for admission from the candidate’s preferred academy.
About Said per his bio …
He is a National Honor Society student in the top 2% of his class. He is a certified Personal Athletic Trainer. He has studied abroad for a period of years where he gained critical insight into Middle Eastern/Persian cultural and religious values. He is proficient and fluent in two foreign languages (Arabic and Farsi) and studying a third (Pashtu). He has traveled to over 35 countries including Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. He has participated in a variety of charitable events both domestically and internationally. He has tutored elementary and junior high students in core subjects and foreign languages. Finally, he anticipated pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in National Security and Foreign Affairs Studies.