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Shimkus nominates two local students to military service academies

Pictured from left are Washington “Alex” Loeffler of St. Jacob, Congressman John Shimkus, and Collin Henderson of Trenton.
Pictured from left are Washington “Alex” Loeffler of St. Jacob, Congressman John Shimkus, and Collin Henderson of Trenton.

Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) recently announced his 19 nominations to the military service academies. The congressman nominates, and then the academies themselves make the final determination whether a nominee receives an appointment to attend that academy.

“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 unique challenges of attending a military school,” said Shimkus, who is a graduate of West Point. “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 them.”

The four military academies that require congressional nominations are the: United States Military Academy, located in West Point, New York; United States Air Force Academy, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado; United States Naval Academy, located in Annapolis, Maryland; and United States Merchant Marine Academy, located in Kings Point, New York.

Local nominees were Washington “Alex” Loeffler, of St. Jacob, whom Shimkus nominated to all four institution, and Collin Henderson, of Trenton, who was nominated to 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 2019 can start the dual application process now by registering on the academy’s website.

This summer, interested students should complete the online application form for the Congressman’s office available at shimkus.house.gov/services/academy.

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