RELEASE: Blunt congratulates Missourians accepted to service academies

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) this week congratulated Missourians who accepted appointments to attend service academies, including the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Naval Academy.

The following 18 individuals were nominated by Senator Blunt: Oakley Dale Barham of Grain Valley; Lindsay Nicole Brummett of St. Louis; Joseph Christopher Chellis of St. Louis; Max Michael Darrah of Foristell; Mark Ryan Dickey of Odessa; Syler Lawrence Douglas of St. Joseph; Cedrick Joseph Everaert of St. Louis; Styles Marquees Fountain of Mexico; Adam Michael Fuqua of Wildwood; Zachary Ryan Harding of St. Peters; Mason Klepper Hart of Jefferson City; Noah Patrick Johnson of Battlefield; Edward Hanjoo Ko of St. Louis; Grady Lachlan Phillips of Wildwood; Jon Harrison Redmond of Kansas City; Matthew David Strong of Villa Ridge; and Sydney Lynn Ties of Wildwood. Please click here for bios of the nominees.

“Securing an appointment to a U.S. service academy is a tremendous accomplishment, and all of these students and their families should be incredibly proud of their achievement,” Blunt said. “I’m always impressed by the caliber of young people who apply to the academies, and inspired by their desire to serve their country. The U.S. service academies will not only provide them a topnotch education, but equip them with the tools and training they need to become the next generation of military leaders.  I wish them the best as they take on this challenge and represent our state at the U.S. service academies.”

Applicants are considered on the basis of leadership skills, academic achievement, physical aptitude, and extracurricular activities. A committee of Missouri residents reviewed each application and made nomination recommendations to Blunt. Blunt’s office has also begun accepting applications for next year. Please click here for more information.

Blunt serves as a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense; the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs; and the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

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