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OHS Senior Selected for US Naval Academy at Annapolis

By Ellis Codjoe, April 20, 2017

(Press Release) Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa said today that Justin Michael Budan of Ottumwa has received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., for the 2017-2018 school year.

Budan is the son of Amy and Michael Budan. He will graduate in May from Ottumwa High School. Budan has participated in soccer, baseball, golf, weightlifting and Elementary Science Camp counseling. He is a member of Student Government, Prom Committee, Boy Scouts, Physics Club and Science Bowl. Budan received the Life Scout rank and has completed an Eagle Scout project in the Boy Scouts.

“Students work very hard to earn this kind of opportunity. Admission to the service academies is highly competitive and a great honor,” Grassley said. “I wish Justin well and thank him for his commitment to serve our nation.”

Budan was among the 34 Iowans Grassley nominated this year for appointments to the U.S. service academies. Upon receiving an appointment, the student decides whether to attend the academy. Information about applying for a nomination can be found on Grassley’s website.

For more than 200 years, these academies have educated and trained individuals to lead and command the U.S. armed forces.

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