Four DeKalb high school graduates have each been awarded $425,000 scholarships to U.S. military academies.

Justin Nelson from Arabia Mountain High School and Beining Xiao from Chamblee Charter High School are going to the U.S. Naval Academy. Christopher Terry from Stephenson High School and Avery Jones from Miller Grove High School are going to West Point Military Academy.

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson nominated 25 students to attend West Point, the Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Coast Guard Academy and Merchant Marine Academy. All members of Congress can nominate up to 10 candidates per opening.

Six 4th District nominees received the coveted scholarships. The other two are James Ferrante from Providence Christian Academy in Lilburn, and Jaison Taylor from Newton High School in Covington.

James will attend the Air Force Academy, and Jaison, the Naval Academy.

The full-ride, four-year scholarships include tuition, books, room and board, and medical and dental care.

Service academy graduates will receive bachelor of science degrees, be commissioned as second lieutenants, and serve in the military for at least five years.

Johnson said he could not be more proud of the nominees and appointees.

“Each year, I consider it an honor to send you off on your journey to our esteemed institutions where you will be educated, trained, and inspired to help shoulder the wheel in defense of our nation,” Johnson told the students at a reception at Stone Mountain’s ArtStation. “All of you are outstanding young people and you have the kind of leadership skills necessary to be successful in school, business and in life.”

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Oct. 29 is the deadline to apply to be a 2019 nominee.