U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine announced that Jaimey-Leigh Weidner of Bowdoin has accepted an offer to attend the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Pingree nominated Weidner to the Academy in December.

“Acceptance to a U.S. service academy is extremely competitive and reflects highly on a student’s scholarship, community service, and character,” said Pingree. “Along with all the other Maine students I nominated, Jaimey has demonstrated an incredible commitment to serving the country and a maturity well beyond her years. I’m very proud that she was accepted to the Air Force Academy and wish her the very best in her time there.”

“I have always had an intense passion for space and the stars,” Weidner wrote in her letter requesting a nomination to the Academy. “When my freshman advisor was able to secure me an opportunity to interview astronaut Chris Cassidy, it morphed into more than just a passion. One conversation changed my perspective on what is possible.”

Jaimey is a 2021 graduate of Mt. Ararat High School. She received a Falcon Scholarship from the Air Force last year and is currently studying at Randolph-Macon Academy in Virginia. Her parents are Andrea Terry and David Weidner.

To be considered for an appointment to a service academy applicants must be nominated by an authorized nominating source, which includes members of Congress.