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story.lead_photo.caption U.S. Rep John Ratcliffe, left, poses for a photo with student Hannah Klein. Klein, a senior at Texas High School, will attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. (Submitted photo)

Hannah Klein, a senior at Texarkana's Texas High School, was among military academy appointees recently honored by U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe.

At a ceremony in Farmersville, Texas, Ratcliffe recognized Klein and 10 other students from the state's 4th Congressional District who are bound for the various military academies. Klein will attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Each year, members of Congress nominate graduating high school seniors from their districts to attend the academies. Nominees are evaluated on a "whole person" approach assessing academic achievements, extracurricular activities, leadership skills, physical aptitude, character and motivation.

Because of the high number of applicants and low number of spots available each school year, "receiving an appointment to attend a military academy is a prestigious honor worthy of national recognition," a news release from Ratcliffe's office stated.

"I was pleased for the opportunity to personally congratulate this year's class of military academy appointees and thank them for their commitment to serving our country," Ratcliffe, R-Heath, said.

"Being appointed to attend a military academy is a distinct honor, and we've got an extremely impressive group of students in this year's class. I'm confident that these young leaders will go on to achieve great accomplishments both in their college careers and beyond that will make Northeast Texas very proud," he said.

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