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Left to right: Lucas Foppe of Breese, Shimkus, and Deven Hudson-Greenlee of Centralia. Congressman John Shimkus hosted a reception for his nominees to the four academies. The reception is an opportunity for him to meet each of them personally and for them to meet current cadets and midshipman, who can give a firsthand account of life at an academy. Parents also have an opportunity to meet with parents of current cadets and midshipmen. Submitted Photo.

From left to right: Lucas Smith of Vandalia, Jeffery Bradley of Vandalia, Jeffrey Keitel of Effingham, Shimkus, Matthew Sefton of Brownstown, Jake Grimes of Dieterich, and Brittany Wheat of Stewardson. Congressman John Shimkus hosted a reception for his nominees to the four academies. The reception is an opportunity for him to meet each of them personally and for them to meet current cadets and midshipman, who can give a firsthand account of life at an academy. Parents also have an opportunity to meet with parents of current cadets and midshipmen. Submitted Photo.

South Central Illinois Students Nominated by Congressman Shimkus for Military Academies

By Will Doolin, WJBD News

Several students across South Central Illinois have been nominated by U.S. Republican Congressman John Shimkus to attend one of the four military service academies in the country. 

Meredith Daniels of Iuka was nominated to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado and the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York.  Deven Hudson-Greenlee of Centralia was been nominated to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.  Lucas Smith of Vandalia was nominated to attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.  

Lucas Foppe of Breese and Jeffery Bradley of Vandalia was also nominated to attend the U.S. Naval Academy.  Bradley W. Richards of Iuka has been nominated to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.  Richards was nominated to attend the Naval Academy last year as well.  

Smith, Foppe, Bradley, and Hudson-Greenlee attended a reception Shimkus hosted.  Shimkus says the reception allowed the nominees to meet and talk with current cadets and midshipmen, and for parents to talk to current academy parents.  

Congressman Shimkus must nominate, and then the academies make the final determination whether a nominee receives an appointment to attend that academy.  Shimkus says he is grateful for the honor of being able to make the nominations.  He states after graduating from an academy the soldier is then required to serve a minimum military commitment of five-years active duty.

High school juniors, college students, or current members of the military, who are residents of the 15th District, and wish to attend one of the academies in 2014, should request a nomination packet by writing to Congressman John Shimkus, 15 Professional Park Drive, Maryville, IL 62062.  Those packets with complete requirements will be sent out in late summer. Potential nominees complete applications with the Congressman's office and each individual academy.

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