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Grassley Nominates Iowa Students to the U.S. Service Academies-Peter Meyers, Gladbrook Reinbeck High School nominated for US. Military Academy

December 26, 2013
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Senator Chuck Grassley has nominated 55 outstanding Iowa students for consideration for appointments to the U.S. service academies. “Young Iowans who want to enter the academies and serve our country are remarkable for their accomplishments and leadership. These candidates are an impressive reflection on our state and signal continued excellence in the U.S. armed forces,” Grassley said. Each year Grassley has the opportunity as a U.S. senator to nominate either current or future Iowa high school graduates for a select few service academy placements. The Air Force, Military, and Naval academies all select at least one qualified student from Grassley’s nominations. The Merchant Marine Academy makes selections in proportion to states’ representation in Congress. Grassley said he encourages Iowa students to consider applying to more than one service academy due to the highly competitive nature of admissions. “The academies offer some of the best options for higher education, and they offer an outstanding way to serve our country,” Grassley said. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for young Iowans.” Students interested in academy appointments should begin the application process in the spring of their junior year of high school. The academies select students based on the number of vacancies available for the next school year. Senator Tom Harkin and Iowa Representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives also make nominations. Traditionally, the high quality of Iowa nominees results in several Iowa students being selected to attend each of the service academies. Grassley said he will make announcements as appointments to the academies are offered to Iowans. The lists below include the names, high schools and hometowns of Grassley’s nominees for the 2014-2015 school year. U.S. Air Force Academy Clayton Beck, Bondurant-Farrar High School, Bondurant Maija Bennett, Burlington High School, Burlington Tyler Bennink, Thomas Jefferson High School, Cedar Rapids Dalton Doom, Waukee High School, Urbandale Ryan Finn, Hudson High School, Hudson Katie Gibson, Sioux Central High School, Sioux Rapids* Tyler Runyon, Van Buren High School, Keosauqua Tyler Stewart, Springville High School, Marion Conner Tillo, West Burlington High School, West Burlington Jack Walker, Wapello High School, Wapello U.S. Military Academy at West Point Anamaria Angel, Van Meter High School, Waukee Walter DeDoncker, Pleasant Valley High School, Davenport Hannah Fairfield, Iowa City West High School, Coralville Harrison Farrell, Dowling Catholic High School, Des Moines Connor Gillette, Theodore Roosevelt High School, Des Moines Matthew Haijsman, Lewis Central High School, McClelland Neil Harte, Iowa City High School, Iowa City Seth Horsley, Carroll High School, Carroll Noah Irons, Lake Mills High School, Lake Mills* Emily Junker, Van Meter High School, West Des Moines* Cameron Lawler, Southeast Polk, Mitchellville Peter Meyers, Gladbrook Reinbeck High School, Reinbeck* Jose Olivo, Griswold High School, Griswold Ethan Pieper, Norwalk High School, Johnston Drew Piersma, North High School, Sioux City Phillip Ramirez, Vilseck High School, Germany Devinder Sandhu, Valley High School, Clive Roy Schindler, Davenport Central High School, Davenport Thomas Wilgenbusch, Roland-Story High School, Story City Christian Zvokel, Bondurant-Farrar High School, Bondurant U.S. Naval Academy Joshua Bailey, Heritage Christian Academy (Home School), Otley Jacob Baur, Winterset Senior High School, Van Meter Trevor Bounds, South Central Calhoun High School, Lytton Jeffrey Bright, Home School, Ames Maeve Broeg, Williamsburg High School, Parnell Keaton Carter, Southeast Polk High School, Altoona Erin Evans, Solon High School, Solon Micaela Finney, Bettendorf High School, Bettendorf* Shannon Gorman, George Washington High School, Springville Benjamin Halley, Waukee High School, Clive Kyle Hollenback, Pleasant Valley High School, Bettendorf Nick Krone, Holy Trinity Catholic High School, Fort Madison Jacob Matthies, OA-BCIG High School, Ida Grove Henry Oberman, Waukee High School, Clive Jacob Pence, Cedar Falls High School, Cedar Falls Alex Reed, Davenport West High School, Blue Grass Kennedy Salow, Center Point-Urbana High School, Walker Luke Schmitz, Harlan High School, Harlan Connor Schueler, Iowa City West High School, Coralville Zachary Weston, George Washington High School, Cedar Rapids U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Jacob Cline, Grinnell-Newburg High School, Grinnell Gustave Doll, St. Albert High School, Council Bluffs John Gorman, Marion High School, Marion Rhett Nowotny, HLV High School, Brooklyn Nicholas Swartz, John F. Kennedy High School, Cedar Rapids Students denoted with an asterisks(*) were also nominated for appointments to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in addition to the Air Force, Military or Naval Academies.


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