A Beaver Dams teen has been nominated by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as a candidate for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
Brayden O’Connell was nominated by Senator Gillibrand for Merchant Marine Academy located in Nassau County.
A selection committee formed by Senator Gillibrand chose the nominees from a large group of qualified applicants. Decisions were based on criteria including academic record, leadership potential, and overall achievement. Final acceptance is determined solely by the service academies.