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Upton Announces Military Academy Appointments

Seven local students earn coveted spots

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Washington, May 25, 2018 | Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761) | comments

 U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced that seven local students have received coveted appointments to military academy’s based on Upton’s recommendation.

“It’s truly an honor to announce these appointments,” said Upton. “Each one of these students have excelled in school, sports, and academics. They’ve also undergone a rigorous selection process. We are all so proud of these students, what they’ve accomplished, and thank them for their willingness to serve our country. But we know their best days are ahead and look forward to seeing what’s next for them as they begin the next chapter of their lives.”

The students can be found below in alphabetical order:

Ryan Barlow has been extended an offer of appointment to the United States Naval Academy, United States Air Force Academy, and the United States Coast Guard Academy. Ryan is a senior at St. Joseph High School where he excelled on the football field and won the regional MITES engineering competition. Ryan intends to play football at the Coast Guard Academy.

Seth Benscoter has been extended an offer of appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Seth is a senior at Mattawan High School where he served as class president and participated in the National Honor Society.

Luke Edgerly has been extended an offer of appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. Luke is a senior at Gull Lake High School where he has been active in the Western Michigan University high school aviation challenge and has worked to receive his private pilot’s license.

Skyler Flietstra has been extended an offer of appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Skyler is a senior as Gull Lake High School, where he was the captain of the cross country team and a member of the National Honor Society.

Jacob Hancox has been extended an offer of appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Jacob is a senior at Gobles High School where he played multiple varsity sports and was Vice President of the National Honor Society.

Shaffer Moore has been accepted to attend the Air Force Prep School. Shaffer is a senior at Mattawan High School where he played varsity hockey and lacrosse and participated in the National Honor Society.

Hannah Miller has been extended an offer of appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Hannah is a senior at Mattawan High School where she played varsity soccer, participated in the Science Olympiad, and the National Honor Society.

Each year, Upton nominates students from Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District who have excelled in their respective schools and have gone through a rigorous selection process which includes an interview with Upton’s Academy Advisory Board which is comprised of local leaders. Upon approval by the Board, names are then passed on to Upton who then officially nominates them to respective military academies. The individual academies then make the final decision on all military appointments.

For more information on service academy nominations please click here.

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