STATELINE (WIFR) -- Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) has announced that she has nominated 10 Illinois students for admission to the United States Service Academies for the class entering in the fall of 2014. Each year, Bustos has the honor of nominating qualified young people from Illinois’ 17th District for attendance at each of the four service academies: the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Nominees must now be accepted by the academies to gain admittance.
“Our military academies provide our nation’s young people with not only a first-class education, but the tools to become the next generation of leaders in our country,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “The young men and women I had the honor to nominate this year have dedicated themselves to serving their family, their community and their state. Now they’re ready to service their country.”
Bustos selected the 10 nominees listed below through the counsel of a military academy advisory board that was comprised of four former attendees of military academies.
Mark Voreis, son of Martin Voreis and Linda Voreis, Lena – Lena-Winslow High School, Lena
Karl Flynn, son of Paul and Diane Flynn, Geneseo – Geneseo High School, Geneseo
Colin Erickson, son of Kevin and Michelle Erickson, Oneida – ROWVA High School, Oneida
Ryan Leemans, son of Dave and Bonnie Leemans, Port Byron – Illinois Math & Science Academy, Aurora
Patrick Linehan, son of James and Jennifer Linehan, Peoria – Richwoods High School, Peoria
Jareth Long, son of Yvonne Long, Peoria – Richwoods High School, Peoria
Jonathan Mixon, son of John and Kelly Mixon, Galesburg – Galesburg High School, Galesburg
Quintin Sebben, son of Todd Sebben and Stephanie Kerr, Rock Island – Alleman High School, Rock Island
Rebecca Stipp, daughter of Michael and Tami Stipp, Abingdon – Abingdon-Avon High School, Abingdon
Steven Ewald, son of Richard and Mary Ewald, Taylor Ridge – Alleman High School, Rock Island