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:


  • Venus Molony, Moravian Academy
  • Mark Schnable, Allentown Central Catholic High School
  • Seth Watlington, Freedom High School
  • John Zawarski, Mercersburg Academy


Naval Academy Preparatory School, Newport, RI:


  • Jonathan Daus, Bangor Area High School


U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY:


  • Meaghan Ellison, Easton Area High School
  • Eric Johnson, Nazareth Area High School
  • Ian Myers, Notre Dame High School
  • Aimee Ortner, Northern Lehigh High School
  • Zachary Panto, Catasauqua Area High School
  • Peter Stanley, Easton Area High School


U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School, West Point, NY:


  • Matthew Scot Bryant, U.S. Army Reserve
  • Bridgette Dougherty, Southern Lehigh High School
  • Christopher Monge, Valley Forge Military Academy


U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO:


  • Evan Allman, Liberty High School


U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY:


  • Scott Dennin, Boyertown Area High School
  • Nicole Mautino, Saucon Valley High School