Press Release

Congressman Higgins & Senator Gillibrand Invite High School Students & Parents to Service Academy Night

Oct 5, 2017

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and representatives from the office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand are hosting Service Academy Night 2017, an opportunity for high school students, families, school administrators and counselors to learn more about service academy institutions, programs and the application process.

Representatives from the U.S. Military Academy, Naval Academy, Coast Guard Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, Air Force Academy and R.O.T.C programs will be in attendance.  Each of the military academy representatives will be available to answer questions and provide more information about the admissions process, eligibility, and nomination requests.

Service Academy Night will be held at 6:00pm on Monday, October 16, 2017 at Williamsville South High School, 5950 Main Street in Williamsville, New York.

“Academy Night provides a great opportunity for students to hear first-hand about the application process as well as the education experience from alumni who’ve been through it themselves,” said Congressman Higgins.  “Students considering this higher-education path are encouraged to attend.”

“Academy Night will give parents and students the opportunity to learn more about the admissions process and educational experience at our nation’s service academies and armed forces,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Our service academies cultivate top tier officers who are committed to serving our country. This event will help interested students learn about the renowned training and mentorship programs available at the academies.”

Service Academy appointments are made by the President of the United States based on congressional and/or military nominations.  Each year Senator Gillibrand and Congressman Higgins appoint Academy Advisory Boards, made up of Western New York veterans and community leaders, to interview all applicants and make recommendations.

Information about the application and nomination process can be found on Senator Gillibrand’s website at: or Rep. Higgins’ website at:

If you plan on attending Service Academy Night, please R.S.V.P. to Habiba Mohamed from Senator Gillibrand’s office at or Evelyn Williams from Congressman Higgins’ office at