Shimkus Nominates 20 to Military Service
January 27, 2008

Collinsville Herald
January 27, 2008

U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collinsville) recently nominated 20 men and women to the four military service academies for the scholastic year beginning this summer. The academies themselves make the final decision as to which nominees are accepted for an appointment.

Each Member of Congress is allowed to nominate individuals to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.; the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.; the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.; and the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y..

"As a graduate of West Point and member of Congress, I am honored to be nominating these young men and women to the academies," Shimkus stated. "They strive in the classroom and in their communities."Local students nominated include Doug Hsiao, Jeron Henry and Tory Nessel, all of Collinsville; Charles Ward of St. Jacob; Kyle Ziegler and Nathan Holliday, both of Edwardsville; and Sarah Dugan of Bethalto.

Each fall, those interested complete applications for both the congressman and the respective academy they wish to attend.

"The academies look for leadership, scholastic achievement, athletic ability, and community involvement when selecting their cadets," Shimkus said. "I encourage young people to get involved in their school and community if they plan to seek an appointment and subsequent career in the military."

Current high school juniors or others from the 19th Congressional District who are interested in attending one of the academies can request an application packet by writing: Congressman John Shimkus, 240 Regency Centre, Collinsville, IL 62234. Those application materials will be sent out in late summer.

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