William and Susan Shouldice, the very proud parents of Mount Saint Joseph Academy School senior William C. Shouldice, shared how ecstatic they are about their sons recent nomination to the U.S. service academies. A nomination by a public office is a major step in the highly-competitive admissions process. Shouldice is one of 21 Vermonters nominated to the Merchant Marine Academy. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy, and Rep. Peter Welch, congratulated all 21 Vermont nominees at a special reception in the Cedar Creek Room of the Vermont State House in Montpelier recently. Shouldice had the pleasure of a photo opportunity with our representatives. The arduous admissions process for Shouldice began in June 2006, which included many medical forms and physicals. During the application process, Shouldice wrote numerous essays in preparation for acceptance. One essay question that stood out in his mind is Why would you want to attend the United States Military Academy and serve on active duty? He said, I want to serve because I feel it is my duty to serve the United States. Also, you cannot beat the education. William intends to specialize in marine engineering. Since Shouldices nomination, he has also applied to the United States Coast Guard Academy, as well as SUNY Maritime, and Massachusetts Maritime. To date, Massachusetts has accepted Shouldice. Shouldice spent a day at the Merchant Marine Academy, as well as an overnight at the United States Coast Guard Academy. He stated, I loved them both!