As graduation approaches, Eli Griffin has plenty to look back on as accomplishments during his high school career. Griffin has risen to the top of his class academically, has been a standout as an athlete on the football field on the track, receiving conference and state honors. 

All the hard work and dedication it takes to excel in high school has come full circle for Griffin.

Congresswoman Vicki Hartzler recently had the honor of notifying Griffin that he has been awarded an appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy. If accepted, Griffin will report to the academy in Kings Port, New York in July where he will become a member of the class of 2025. 

“One of the greatest honors I have as a Member of Congress is to nominate young leaders to our prestigious U.S. Service Academies. It is even more rewarding when I am able to inform them that their hard work has resulted in receiving an offer of appointment to one of the Academies,” said Hartzler. “I was so happy to contact Eli to share the great news that his desire to attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is being realized. I am so proud of Eli and grateful he has chosen to use his vast abilities and talents to serve our country. It is an honor to support him in his efforts.”