U.S. Senator Evan Bayh announced the names of the fifty-three Indiana high school students he has nominated for admission to the United States Service Academies. Among the fifty-three Hoosiers are fifteen nominees from the Northeast Indiana region.
Two of Bayh's Northeast Indiana-region nominees from The Waynedale News area are: Stephanie G. Koehl, Fort Wayne, South Side High School, U.S. Military Academy and Daniel Cohen, Fort Wayne, Homestead High School, U.S. Naval Academy
The nominees were chosen from a pool of applicants based on his/her record of academic achievement and leadership ability. In addition to a written application, each nominee was required to submit several letters of recommendation, and was interviewed by Senator Bayh's Academy Selection Committee, a nonpartisan group made up of community leaders and Service Academy alumni.
"I am proud to be able to nominate some of Indiana's best and brightest for admission to our nation's Service Academies," Senator Bayh said. "Our country will greatly benefit from the talent and hard work of these dedicated young Hoosiers. These nominees should be commended for their eagerness to serve their country during a time when military involvement is such a crucial part of our homeland security. The motivation and bravery displayed by these Northeast Indiana-region students will no doubt lead them along the path to becoming America's future leaders."
Members of the U.S. Senate may nominate applicants from their home state to the U.S. Service Academies who meet the necessary admissions requirements. The fifty-three nominees will now compete for appointments to their respective Academies for the class of 2008.
The four Service Academies are: the Military Academy in West Point, NY; the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD; the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO; and the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY.