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Two graduating seniors receive Congressional recognition

| June 5, 2018

Two men and a high school student stand in front of an american flagTwo graduating Cooperstown High School students, surrounded by family members,  received Congressional recognition on Tuesday, June 5.

Heidi Edmonds, who is headed to the United States Air Force Academy, and Blake Guzy, who will be attending Georgetown University on a 4-year ROTC scholarship, were given Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition by Rep. John Faso. Four-year scholarships are only awarded to the top 1,000 ROTC candidates out of 15,000 applicants.

Edmonds, who was accompanied by her parents, is one of just five high school seniors in the 19th Congressional District who are bound for a service academy this year.

“To get into a service academy, which is a highly selective process, the individual has to have a combination of leadership skills, community involvement and academic achievement. The military academies are looking for people who are smart, who are dedicated to our nation, who have leadership capacity and skills and can deal with a whole variety of people,” Faso said. “Heidi Edmonds by her academic achievement, her community involvement, her extracurricular activities and sports exemplifies the exact type of person the U.S. Air Force Academy is looking for as a future military officer. I am highly confidant she will be someone our nation will be proud of.”

Heidi said she is considering studying mathematics or military intelligence while at the Air Force Academy.

“I am definitely very grateful for the opportunity to serve and realize it’s definitely a privilege,” she said.

A high school student stands with a man holding a medalIn addition to the certificate, Guzy was presented with a Congressional Silver Medal Award. The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. Participants earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. Rep. John Faso presented the awards personally.

“Blake Guzy is also another student who shows extraordinary leadership ability, personal initiative and academic ability. When he graduates from Georgetown in four years, he will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army,” Faso said. “His academic achievements and volunteer service to his local fire department, and a whole host of other things he has done as a Boy Scout, mark him as someone who will be an outstanding military officer upon his graduation from Georgetown.”

Guzy, who was accompanied by his parents, siblings and grandparents, said he was particularly proud of his volunteer service with the fire department.

“I really love it. I really enjoy it,” he said

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