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Congresswoman Kirkpatrick Nominates Two Navajo County Students For Military Academies
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick has appointed Megan G. Lymer of Winslow to the U.S. Naval Academy and Valendria J. Malone of Shonto to the Air Force Academy and West Point.

Lymer is a product of Winslow High School and Malone studied at Monument Valley.

Kirkpatrick was assisted in the selection process by her Academy Nominating Committee, which includes veteran military leaders throughout District One: Jefferson Begay (Army); Brad Hazell (Marine Corps); Mike Jones (Army); Louis Nolen (Navy); Franklin Roth (Air Force); and Darlene Tryon (Air Force).

“Our district and all of Arizona can be proud of these students, who have worked incredibly hard and shown a deep commitment to serving our country,” Kirkpatrick said. “These young people are on the path to becoming great leaders, and I am honored to nominate them for our nation’s service academies.”

Arizona born and raised, Ann Kirkpatrick resides in Flagstaff, and her earliest roots are found in Eastern Arizona in McNary on the White Mountain Apache Nation. Her father ran a general store and her mother was a schoolteacher. Ann graduated from Blue Ridge High School in the White Mountains and then worked her way through the University of Arizona, earning a bachelor's degree and then a law degree there. After earning her law degree, Ann served the people of Greater Arizona in a variety of positions.

In 1980, she became Coconino County's first female Deputy County Attorney, cracking down on criminals and protecting neighborhoods and families in Northern Arizona. She later served as Sedona’s City Attorney. In November 2004, Ann’s neighbors elected her to the Arizona House of Representatives to represent Legislative District 2, which includes Flagstaff and the Havasupai, Hopi, Hualapai, Navajo, and San Juan Southern Paiute Nations.

At the state Capitol, Ann championed fiscal responsibility and quality education.

During her 2008-10 term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Ann’s results stood out in Congress, seeing more of her bills and amendments signed into law than almost any other freshman representative. Ann’s hard work created jobs, helped small businesses, hired more border patrol agents, and protected veterans and seniors in Greater Arizona.

In November 2012, the voters of Congressional District 1 elected Kirkpatrick to once again represent them in Congress. She serves on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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