Congressman Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, recently hosted his annual reception for high school students that he nominated to attend the United States military academies.
Kinzinger provided 19 nominations to the academies this year, including Keegan Smith of DeKalb, who received a nomination to the U.S. Air Force Academy, and James Cerny of Kingston, who received a nomination to the U.S. Naval Academy.
Students wishing to attend one of the nation’s service academies must receive a nomination from their congressman, senator or the vice president.
The nominees were selected based on their applications, test scores, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation and the specific requirements of each academy. Each service academy will determine who will receive an appointment of admission.
Following the ceremony in Ottawa, Kinzinger released this statement: “The Military Service Academy application process is very competitive and the training programs can be grueling. I’m very impressed by each of our nominees, humbled by their willingness to serve, and wish each one of them the best of luck in this process and in their future endeavors.”