State Rep. Eric Leutheuser (R-Hillsdale) | Facebook
State Rep. Eric Leutheuser (R-Hillsdale) recently congratulated Samuel Beach, a senior from Hillsdale High School, on his acceptance to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.
"This is a high honor!" Leutheuser posted on Facebook. "Academy entrants must meet strict academic standards and show exemplary citizenship. Only a few are accepted from each Congressional district. Congratulations, Sam!"
Beach said his years of service in the Boy Scouts instilled values in him that he hopes will continue to carry him through this next season of his life.
“I’ve been a Boy Scout since I was 11 years old, and I think that ideology of service, leadership and character has always been built upon me, and as I was going through high school, I kind of deemed it only right to continue what I was doing,” he said.
To be considered for a spot in any of the federal service academies, candidates need to be among the top of their class. They are also required to be nominated by a member of Congress. Beach was nominated by U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI).
Only 1,200 students are admitted to the Naval Academy each year.
Hillsdale High School has a history of sending graduates to the federal service academies, one in 2018 and one in 2012. Beach reports for training, or "I-Day" on June 25.