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McHenry Announces Tenth District Service Academy Appointees
Megan Gavel and Zachery Lorch accept appointments to nation's service academies

2017 Academy Appointees


Hickory, June 2, 2017 -

Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) announced Megan Ann Gavel and Zachery Joseph Lorch from North Carolina's Tenth Congressional District have accepted appointments to our nation's military service academies for the Class of 2021. Each of these students applied for a nomination through Congressman McHenry's office and were interviewed by the Congressman's Military Advisory Committee.

"I would like to congratulate Megan and Zachery on this tremendous achievement. The young men and women who attend our nation's service academies are among the best and brightest in our nation," said Congressman McHenry. "I know both Megan and Zachery will be excellent representatives of western North Carolina at the service academies they have chosen and I commend them for their commitment to serving our nation."

Megan Ann Gavel of Denver, NC is the daughter of Kirk and Lisa Gavel and graduated from Lincoln Charter School in Denver. She will be attending the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.

Zachery Joseph Lorch of Iron Station, NC is the son of Eric and Susan Lorch and a graduate of Woodlawn School in Mooresville. He will be attending the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs.

On Tuesday, Congressman McHenry held a reception at his Hickory office for the Tenth District appointees where the appointees were recognized along with their parents and families. Zachery Lorch was, regrettably, unable to attend due to a prior commitment.  

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