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>Academy nomination forms available from Higgins

Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, is seeking applications from students in the 27th Congressional District for nomination to the four service academies in 2007.

Applicants must be unmarried and 17 to 23 years old on July 1. To apply, students must send a letter requesting a nomination to Higgins' office, which will send back an application due on Oct. 31. Nominations will be based on character, scholarship, leadership, physical aptitude, fitness and motivation.

Students also must apply separately to the Military Academy at West Point, the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point or the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo.

Information on nominations is available by calling Higgins' office at 852-3501 or visiting his Web site at higgins.house.gov.

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