Shimkus nominates 22 from area to military academies

Shimkus nominates 22 from area to military academies

Congressman John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, has nominated 22 young people in the 15th Congressional District for appointment to the national military service academies.

Among the 22 are residents of Gifford, St. Joseph, Mahomet, Chrisman, Tuscola, Shelbyville and Humboldt.

"The academies look at academics, leadership and physical fitness in order to assure a young person is well-rounded and able to cope with the uniqueness of attending a military school," Shimkus said. "As a West Point graduate, I am very proud of these young men and women for considering an academy for their college choice and am grateful for the honor of being able to nominate."

While Shimkus has made the nominations, the academies make the final determination whether a nominee receives an appointment. The four military academies that require congressional nominations are the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.; the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.; the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.; and the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y.

The area applicants include:

— Hunter Adkins of Gifford, an applicant to the Naval Academy.

— Mary Campbell of St. Joseph, an applicant to the Naval Academy.

— Dakota Couch of Humboldt, an applicant to West Point.

— Alex Kaper of Mahomet, an applicant to West Point and the Naval Academy.

— Austin Merritt of Chrisman, an applicant to the Naval Academy.

— Brockton Smith of Tuscola, an applicant to the Naval Academy.

— Matthew White of Shelbyville, an applicant to West Point and the Naval Academy.

High school juniors, college students or current members of the military who are residents of the 15th District and wish to attend an academy beginning in 2015 can request a nomination packet by writing John Shimkus at 15 Professional Park Drive, Maryville, IL 62062. Packets with complete requirements will be sent out in late summer. Potential nominees complete applications with both the congressman's office and each individual academy.

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