Central Illinois students nominated for U.S. Service Academies


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    Several central Illinois students are receiving good news after Rep. Rodney Davis nominated them for admittance to the U.S. Service Academies.

    Altogether, 15 students were nominated.

    Final determination on admission is made by the individual academies.

    Academy Nominations:

    • Lilian Baumgartner, Carrollton, attends Carrollton High School and is the daughter of Matthew and Kery Baumgartner. Lilian was nominated to the Naval, Military, and Air Force academies.
    • Lily Brown, Monticello, attends Monticello High School and is the daughter of Michael and Kathleen Brown. Lily was nominated to the Naval academy.
    • Cole Callahan, Brighton, attends Colonial Forge High School in Stafford, VA and is the son of Shawn and Laurie Callahan. Cole was nominated to the Air Force academy.
    • Bryce Glisson, Edwardsville, attends Edwardsville High School and is the son of Michael and Kimberly Glisson. Bryce was nominated to the Air Force academy.
    • Stephen Hasse, Godfrey, attends Marquette Catholic High School in Alton, IL and is the son of Robert and Elizabeth Hasse. Stephen was nominated to the Military academy.
    • Francis Hollahan, Springfield, attended Springfield High School and is the son of Dennis and Mary Ellen Hollahan. Francis was nominated to the Naval academy.
    • Austin Keil, Bloomington, attends University High School in Normal, IL and is the son of Todd and Amy Keil. Austin was nominated to the Air Force academy.
    • Riley Meredith, Modesto, attends Northwestern High School in Palmyra, IL and is the daughter of Wayman Meredith. Riley was nominated to the Air Force academy.
    • Steven Migut, Tolono, attends U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School, West Point, NY and is the son of Dennis and Tamara Migut. Steven was nominated to the Military academy.
    • Stephen Peters Jr., Decatur, attends U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School, West Point, NY and is the son of Stephen and Natalie Peters. Stephen was nominated to the Military academy.
    • Quinn Shannon, Tolono, attends Unity High School and is the son of James Shannon and Kelli (Rob) Murphy. Quinn was nominated to the Military academy.
    • Nicole Sheafe, Monticello, attends Monticello High School and is the daughter of Lee and Krista Sheafe. Nicole was nominated to the Air Force academy.
    • Devonte Smith, Blue Mound, attends U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School, West Point, NY and is the son of Michael and Lisa Smith. Devonte was nominated to the Military academy.
    • Brooke Tuttle, Jerseyville, attends Jerseyville Community High School and is the daughter of Brad and Kris Tuttle. Brooke was nominated to the Military, Air Force, and Naval academies.
    • Cooper Wilken, Normal, attends University High School, Normal, IL and is the son of Michael and Kristin Wilken. Cooper was nominated to the Air Force academy.

    Members of Congress are asked to nominate candidates to the U.S. Service Academies each year, and the number of vacancies for each congressional district is determined by law. Candidates can be considered for openings at the U.S. Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, Co.), U.S. Military Academy (West Point, N.Y.), U.S. Merchant Marines Academy (Kings Point, N.Y.) and the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis, Md.).

    To be considered for appointment for the Class of 2024 all applicants must be: a U.S. citizen; a legal resident of the 13th District; at least 17 but not more than 23 years of age on July 1, 2020; single; and have no dependents. It is recommended that applicants contact the academy or academies of their choice to request a pre-candidate questionnaire, which is the first step in the Admission Office’s evaluation.

    For more information or to obtain an application packet for next year’s nominations, contact Congressman Davis’ Normal office at (309) 252-8834.

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