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LaHood Military Academy Nominations Announced

Brown Nominated to Air Force Academy

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[March 01, 2008]  WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Peoria, announced on Feb. 20 the nominees from the 18th Congressional District to the United States military academies.

The congressman nominated these students for attendance at the mentioned academies after a highly competitive application and interview process. Final determination on admission is made by the individual academy.

The process is not political and applicants do not have to personally know their congressman to be nominated. Graduates receive a bachelorís degree, and most are commissioned as the lowest rank for a commissioned officer in each of the branches of the military.

Andrew Brown of Lincoln has been nominated for acceptance to the Air Force Academy. He is the son of Scott Brown and Thi Baughman and is a senior at Lincoln Community High School in Lincoln.

Other nominees:

Air Force Academy

  • John Sheehan, Riverton, son of P.J. and Janet Sheehan; a senior at Riverton High School

  • Lee Schatsiek, Peoria, son of Steve and Karen Schatsiek; a senior at Peoria Notre Dame High School

  • Kyle McKee, Varna, son of Kent and Amy McKee; a senior at Midland High School

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West Point

  • Jacob Henry, New Berlin, son of Bill and Lisa Henry; a senior at Routt Catholic High School

  • Nick Garcia, Springfield, who lives with his grandparents, Larry and Lynda Pratt; a senior at Sacred Heart-Griffin

  • Grant Kirkpatrick, Minonk, son of Joe and Alice Kirkpatrick; a senior at Fieldcrest High School

  • Pfc. Joshua Pomeroy, Hanna City, son of Tammy Nakamura and James Pomeroy; currently serving in the active-duty Army

  • Pfc. William Ripka, Williamsville, son of Thomas and Sue Ripka; currently serving in the active-duty Army

Merchant Marine Academy

  • Robert Shaw, Springfield, son of Lynne and Raymond Shaw; a senior at Pleasant Plains High School

  • Ryan Lowery, Tremont, son of Scott and Kathleen Lowery; a senior at Tremont High School

[Text from file received from Rep. Ray LaHood, 18th Congressional District]

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