Brown nominates 12 students from region for military academies

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-OH, nominated 12 students from the region to attend U.S. military service academies.

This year, openings were available for Brown to nominate up to 20 students to the Air Force Academy and up to 10 students each to the Merchant Marine Academy, the Naval Academy, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. A nomination does not guarantee acceptance into a service academy. The academies’ admissions board ultimately decides who receives an appointment.

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“Ohio schools are training young women and men who will be the next generation of military leaders. I am honored to nominate these outstanding students for our prestigious U.S. Military Service Academies,” said Brown. “These Ohioans embody the integrity and courage needed to represent and uphold the values of our nation. I am grateful for their dedication to serving our country.”

Local nominations include:

— Brian Rihm, a Beavercreek resident who attends Beavercreek High School, has been nominated for West Point.

— Agatha Shafer, a Dayton resident who attends Oakwood High School, has been nominated for the Naval Academy.

— Hunter Johns, who attends Chaminade Julienne High School, has been nominated for the Merchant Marine Academy.

— Jared Weller of Urbana has been nominated for the Merchant Marine Academy

— Grace Keith, who attends Lakota East High School, has been nominated for West Point.

— Sam Price, who attends Monroe High School, has been nominated for the Air Force Academy.

Other nominees live in Maineville, Cincinnati, Franklin and Montgomery.

The nominations are based on the recommendation of a Service Academy Selection Advisory Committee, assembled by Brown. This committee – comprised of former academy graduates, active service members, veterans, parents of academy attendees, and community leaders from throughout the state – conducted rigorous interviews before selecting the final candidates.

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