Adam Nienow, a Valdosta High School senior, has been chosen as a competing alternate to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., for the Class of 2008.

Nienow was selected as a nominee by U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston's First Congressional District Military Academy Board. Candidates from throughout South Georgia were interviewed in Valdosta on Dec. 23, 2003.

Nienow is commander of the Navy Junior ROTC unit at Valdosta High and a member of the Beta Club. He is also a member of the school newspaper, and he has been active in the Art Club, Drama Club and Boys State.

"Adam has excelled in the classroom and continued to be active in extracurricular activities and in his community," Kingston stated in a press release. "He has a bright future ahead of him and is a fine representative of Lowndes County."

Adam is the son of James and Karen Nienow of Valdosta.

The academies will announce their appointments for the class of 2008 during the spring.

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