Last Saturday, at the Johnson-Phelps VFW Post 5220 in Oak Lawn, Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) has nominated 16 students from the Third Congressional District for admission to the U.S. Service Academies for the graduating class of 2020.

Congressman Lipinski welcomed parents and candidates by stating, “One of my proudest duties is nominating motivated and successful young men and women for admission to our prestigious service academies.”  “My office receives hundreds of applications each year from an impressive collection of students with an unwavering dedication to service and their country. Just to be nominated to one of our nation’s service academies is a major accomplishment and a great honor. I thank all of the men and women who want to serve and wish them all the best.”

State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park), who heads the service academy nomination committee for the congressman said, “Being able to attend a service academy is not only an honor for the candidate, but for the entire family.  We select the best of the best, so when our nation faces conflict in the future we have smart, selfless serving leaders dedicated to fighting for our country.”

Also present at the ceremony was, Bob McClellan, another member of the service academy nomination committee.  McClellan, a father of a U.S. Naval Academy graduate welcomed students with a “Welcome aboard!  You and your families have a lot to be proud of.  We look forward to seeing great things from you in the future.”

Service Academy Nominations

The nominees are:

U.S. Air Force Academy: Liliana Bautista, of Chicago, UIC College Prep; Jeremy Fejedelem, of Lemont, Lemont High School; James Scott, of Palos Park, Lemont High School

U.S. Military Academy (West Point): Zachary Lenihan, of Chicago, St. Laurence High School; George Pina, of Chicago, Chicago Military Academy

U.S. Naval Academy: Alexander Benoit, of Chicago, Marist High School; Pedro Castillo, Jr., of Chicago, UIC College Prep; Brian Conlisk, of Oak Lawn, Brother Rice High School; Michael Gurule, Jr., of Crest Hill, Lockport Township High School; Jorge Heredia, of Chicago, John F. Kennedy High School; Aaron Navarro, of Chicago, UIC College Prep; Daniel Reidy, of Chicago, Brother Rice High School; James Ryan, of Oak Lawn, Brother Rice High School; Erin Scudder, of Western Springs, Fenwick High School; Sydney Torres, of Oak Lawn, Richards High School; John Wheeler, of Homer Glen, Providence Catholic High School