The 17 service academy nominees for the 2015-2016 academic year have excelled academically as well as athletically at their respective schools and have gone through an extensive selection process, according to members of the advisory board for Congress Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, who met with the students.
“One of my greatest pleasures as a Member of Congress is being able to nominate such talented students to our nation’s prestigious military service academies,” said Upton. “These young men and women follow in the tradition of some of America’s finest leaders and brightest minds. Each member of this group has undergone a rigorous selection process to get to where they are today. They represent the best that Southwest Michigan has to offer. We are so proud of their accomplishments and desire to serve their country.”
The selection process included an interview with Upton’s Academy Advisory Board, which is comprised of local community leaders. Upon approval by the board, the students’ names were given to Upton, who then officially nominated the students to the military academies. The individual academies will make the final decisions on military appointments. All applicants to military academies must be nominated by a Member of Congress, the President, or the Vice President.
“I encourage all area students aspiring to follow in the path of these students to contact my constituent service office in St. Joseph/Benton Harbor to learn more about the academies and nomination process,” said Upton.
Students interested in attending a service academy are encouraged to contact Upton’s St. Joseph/Benton Harbor District Office for further information: (269) 982-1986. They may also learn more about the academies by visiting Upton’s website at http://upton.house.gov/constituentservices/serviceacademynominations.htm.
Upton has nominated the following students for the class of 2019:
United States Military Academy
Matthew Robinson, Dorr, Hopkins High School
Tyler Zortman, Augusta, Sutton Park School
United States Naval Academy
Zoe Vlachos, Kalamazoo, Portage Northern HS/Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center
Sawyer Hess, Gobles, Otsego High School
Kaylie Butt, Portage, Portage Northern HS/Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center
Gabrielle Perrin, Vicksburg, Vicksburg HS/Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center
Peter Sinkovitz, Richland, Homeschool
Noah Pollack, Kalamazoo, Portage Central High School
Aaron Sayles, Kalamazoo, Mattawan High School
Gyumin Lee, Sturgis, Seoul American High School
Gunner Harrison, Stevensville, Marion Military Institute
United States Air Force Academy
Daniel Christensen, Augusta, Gull Lake High School
Benjamin Lenning, Schoolcraft, Schoolcraft HS/Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center
Hunter Simino, Portage, Portage Central High School
Nathaniel Wadas, Grand Junction, South Haven High School
Ellen Miota, Coloma, Grace Christian School
United States Merchant Marine Academy
Kelsey Ramirez, Stevensville, Lakeshore High School