Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Charlotte Catholic senior appointed to U.S. Naval Academy

Mar 20, 2017
Press Release




WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is pleased to announce that Charlotte Catholic senior Erin McCullagh has succeeded in her goal of being appointed to the United States Naval Academy.

Ms. McCullagh is a competitive swimmer with SwimMAC, served on the Charlotte Catholic student council, and helps pack Christmas boxes for soldiers deployed overseas. 

“My swim team attended camps at the Naval Academy when I was eleven and thirteen,” explained Ms. McCullagh.  “Each time, I watched our Navy Swimmer counselors interact with people around them.  I noticed that each of them respected their leaders, their peers, and their school’s history.  It was always clear they had a reputation to uphold – a reputation of order, honor, and respect.  Even though I was young, I liked the example they set.  I have never forgotten that example and I’ve wanted to be part of that community since then.”

Ms. McCullagh is the daughter of Mary and Mark McCullagh and lives in south Charlotte.

“Congratulations to Erin on your remarkable achievement, and thank you for your commitment to serving our nation,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “We look forward to watching you emerge as a leader.”

Ms. McCullagh is one of thirteen local students to receive prestigious U.S. 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.