WASHINGTON (KMOX) — U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today announced the acceptance of several St. Louis area students to U.S. service academies based on their strong record of academic achievement, leadership, community service, and participation in extracurricular activities.

McCaskill said students “represent the best of Missouri.”

“Missourians have a proud tradition of military service, and these exceptional students are proof of the patriotism and sense of duty that runs deep in our state,” said McCaskill, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “For their dedication to country and commitment to the ideals of freedom, security and service, folks across our state can be rightfully proud of them and their families.”

Out of 21 nominees from across the state who accepted appointments to the four academies that require a congressional nomination for the Class of 2017, ten hail from the St. Louis region:

Accepted to U.S. Air Force Academy
Christopher Beck, Rockwood Summit High School
Emilia Kaiser, Union High School
Austin Merz, Saint Dominic High School
Daniel Skoglund, Webster Groves High School

Accepted to U.S. Military Academy at West Point
Drake Cantu, St. John Vianney High School
Alexander Kraemer, Lafayette High School

Accepted to U.S. Naval Academy
Alexander Branchfield, Eureka High School
Julie Candau, Whitfield High School
Ryan Stellhorn, De Smet Jesuit High School

Accepted to Merchant Marine Academy
Trevor Follis, St. Mary’s High School

Missourians interested in applying for a service academy nomination in the future are encouraged to visit McCaskill’s website, HERE.


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