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Trinity Prep Tennis Champion Accepted to U.S. Military Academy at West Point

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Washington, June 13, 2018 | comments

U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy today announced that Samantha DiMaio, Trinity Preparatory School’s first-ever female state champion in tennis, was accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point.  Murphy nominated the Maitland resident and recent graduate to the prestigious college during the 2017-2018 school year.  DiMaio will head to the academy later this month to begin her military training.   

DiMaio delivering a backhand slice shot during her Class 1A singles state championship match. (Jacob Langston/Orlando Sentinel).

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“I was very impressed by Sam and all of our other great service academy nominees from the seventh district of Florida,” Murphy said.  “Sam is an intelligent and tough individual, and she demonstrated that every time she stepped onto a tennis court or into a classroom.  I’m proud to nominate her and wish her the best of luck at West Point.  I encourage any student from my district who is interested in attending a U.S. service academy to contact my office for more information.”

DiMaio, who graduated from Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park with a 4.0 GPA, is ranked as one of Florida’s best tennis players by the United States Tennis Association.  In 2017, she won the Florida High School Athletic Association’s Class 1A championship in both singles and doubles.  DiMaio intends to play tennis for the U.S. Military Academy.

 “I am humbled and honored to have received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, where I will continue both my academic career and my tennis career,”DiMaio said.  “I am thrilled to start this new chapter in my life and I look forward to serving my country.  Go Black Knights!”

The U.S. Military Academy is one of the nation’s five service academies—along with the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy—and ranks among the finest institutions of higher learning in the world.  Admission to a U.S. service academy is highly competitive.  All service academies, except the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, generally require applicants to obtain a nomination from a Member of Congress or another authorized nominating source.  The academies offer young men and women a tuition-free college education at a highly-ranked, nationally-recognized academic program while preparing them for leadership roles in the U.S. armed forces or the Merchant Marines.

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