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Donnelly Announces 2017 Service Academy Nominations
Updated December 16, 2016 9:06 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly announced his 2017 nominations for admittance to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY; the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO; the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY. Donnelly was honored to nominate 34 students this year.

The nominees, along with their hometowns, are listed below:

U.S. Military Academy

  • Nathan Batta, Batesville

  • Liam Jagow, Westfield

  • Brad Laughlin, Yorktown

  • Richard Liu, Columbus

  • Carson Smith, Lafayette

  • Corbin Smith, Bargersville

  • Benjamin Snyder, Carmel

  • Victoria Styers, Plymouth

  • Michael Wang, Carmel

  • Jakob Young, Plymouth

U.S. Air Force Academy

  • Olivia Benz, Carmel

  • Joseph Haines, Indianapolis

  • Morgan Hicks, Muncie

  • Kevin Johnsen, Summitville

  • Mitchell Lipe, Carmel

  • Matthew Mark, Indianapolis

  • Katie Murphy, Marion

  • Jackson Swain, Columbus

  • Matthew White, Greenwood

  • Landon Zachary, Anderson

U.S. Naval Academy

  • Parker Bull, Huntertown

  • Elizabeth Downing, West Lafayette

  • Kenneth Klimek, South Bend

  • Joseph Lecher, Carmel

  • Brian Lenyo, South Bend

  • Claire Martinez, Lowell

  • Logan McGuire, Granger

  • Chloe Owen, Indianapolis

  • Sierra Salerni, Culver

  • Daniel Yu, Granger

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

  • Judson Andonov, Munster

  • Baker Howard, Greensburg

  • Colton Schuler, Plymouth

  • Jacob Schuller, Kirklin

Donnelly said, "Each year, it is an honor to nominate young Hoosier men and women to our nation's service academies. I am very proud of their dedication and commitment to serving our country, and if accepted, I know they will receive a quality education and be prepared for successful careers in our military. I want to thank everyone who applied for their desire to serve and protect our nation."

The individuals chosen were evaluated using a competitive system recommended by the academies. The selection process includes a personal interview by Donnelly's Service Academy Nominations Committee and a thorough review of the applicant's essays, academic records, letters of recommendation, community involvement, character, and leadership experience. Donnelly received a total of 107 nomination requests this year.

A congressional nomination is not a guarantee of admission. The final admission decision will be made by each individual academy following a "whole-person" evaluation that considers a candidate's character, scholarship, leadership, physical aptitude, medical fitness, goals, and motivation.

High school students interested in applying next year or in the years ahead for a service academy nomination can visit Donnelly's website ( for more information.

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