Congressman Joyce announces U.S. Service Academy nominations

Congressman Dr. John Joyce recently announced that 23 students from Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District have received nominations for the U.S. Service Academies.

These students, if they receive an appointment directly from an academy, will have the opportunity to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.

“It is an honor to recognize these outstanding students who are pursuing the call to serve our nation,” said Dr. Joyce.

“After years of hard work and preparation, these students have demonstrated their desire to lead, grow, and serve. It was my privilege to nominate these 23 Pennsylvanians to attend our excellent service academies, and I wish each of them every continued success.”

Local students living in Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District who received a Congressional nomination for an appointment to one or more of service academies include:

U.S. Naval Academy — Bryce Helmer of Duncansville and John McDonoughe II of Altoona.

U.S. Air Force Academy — Nicholas Buckley of Huntingdon, Bryce Helmer of Duncansville and Claudia Sigel of Bedford.

U.S. Military Academy — Tavin McMickens of Mount Union and Claudia Sigel of Bedford.

All prospective students wishing to attend an academy must by nominated by a Member of Congress or another U.S. official.

These PA-13 students were evaluated by a panel of U.S. Service Academy alumni who volunteered to serve our district in this capacity.

Congressman Joyce nominated students upon the recommendation of this panel.

All nominees from PA-13 will be rigorously evaluated by the academies before they receive a possible appointment, which are announced on a rolling basis.


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