Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Matthews scholar appointed to U.S. Naval Academy

Mar 16, 2017
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

FIRST GENERATION AMERICAN FROM MATTHEWS, DEDICATED TO “MAKING A DIFFERENCE,” RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS APPOINTMENT TO U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY

 

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is excited to announce that Sumi Vijayakumar of Matthews, a senior at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, has received a prestigious appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Ms. Vijayakumar originally attended East Mecklenburg High School before transferring to NCSSM, where she serves as a Physics Teaching Assistant and helps engineer nanowires at an N.C. Central University research facility.

“All my life, I have wanted to make a difference,” explained Ms. Vijayakumar.  “I learned this from my parents, who came to America from India in order to create a better life for me and my sister.  They taught me how the smallest of deeds can create the biggest difference in someone’s life.  I want to attend the Naval Academy to improve my character, obtain a phenomenal education, become a leader, and ultimately achieve my goal of making a difference.”

Ms. Vijayakumar is the daughter of Hemamalini Vijayakumar and Vijayakumar Adikesavalu.

“Being involved with the nominations and appointments of local students to the U.S. Service Academies is one of the best parts of my job,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “Students like Sumi give me hope for our future, and I am deeply grateful she wants to make a difference by serving our nation.”

Ms. Vijayakumar is one of thirteen local students to receive prestigious United States Service Academy appointments for the 2016-2017 school year.  Congressman Pittenger will host two “Service Academy Days” later this spring in Charlotte and Fayetteville to give local students the opportunity to learn about the rigorous nomination process.  Call 704-362-1060 for details.

 

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