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WASHINGTON – Josefina Barbara McGuire, of Springville, has received a nomination from U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby to attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, according to a release.

McGuire was one of 41 students Shelby recently nominated to attend United States service academies. Service academies include the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

McGuire is the daughter Denise Barrett and Leonel Arteaga and a student at Springville High School.

“I am proud to nominate this remarkable student to the United States Merchant Marine Academy,” Shelby said in the release. “Josefina McGuire is among the best and brightest in Alabama as evidenced by her performance both inside and outside the classroom. I am confident that she will go on to accomplish great things. It is my honor to recommend her, and I wish her success in her future endeavors.”

In order to be considered for a service academy nomination, applicants must be residents of Alabama and complete the required ACT or SAT exams. They must also provide letters of recommendation, a school transcript, a completed medical examination and a completed application form found on Shelby’s website.

Although Shelby nominated these students, the academy to which they received a nomination will make the final admission decision.