ALLENTOWN, PA – U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) today hosted a send-off event for 17 students from the 15th District who will attend one of the nation’s 5 service academies this fall. The students were joined by family members and friends at the event, which took place in the Congressman’s District Office in Allentown.
Fourteen of the students, including recent graduates from 11 area high schools, were formally nominated for admission at one of the academies by Rep. Dent in December (preparatory schools do not require a Congressional nomination). Students completed an extensive nomination process that included interviews with the Congressman’s Military Academy Nomination Board, comprised of local residents with ties to the military and veteran communities.
“Nominating hard-working local students for admission to one of our nation’s prestigious service academies is one of my most rewarding responsibilities as a Member of Congress,” said Rep. Dent. “These 17 students are some of the brightest and most dedicated young people in our area. I applaud their decision to serve our nation while continuing their education, and wish them the best of luck as they begin their studies this fall.”
The 17 students attending service academies in 2012 include:
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD:
Naval Academy Preparatory School, Newport, RI:
U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY:
U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School, West Point, NY:
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO:
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY: