Friday, February 11, 2011


Congressman Danny K. Davis introduces his nominees to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point: Sangjim Chung, Terry Baggett, David A. Johnston, and Mitchell J. Saffold. (Photo by Brad)
Congressman Danny K. Davis presents his 2011 nominees to the U.S. Service Academies, the largest group he has ever recommended. (Photo by Brad)
Congressman Danny K. Davis introduces his nominees to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis: Eric R. Cybulski and Lakeshia Brock. (Photo by Brad)

U.S. Representative Danny K. Davis (IL-7) introduced eleven outstanding high school students from the 7th Congressional District he is nominating to the U.S. Military Academies to join the Class of 2015. This is the largest number of candidates ever nominated to the Service Academies for one class by Congressman Davis.
    “The United States Military Academies are among the most competitive and distinguished undergraduate universities in the country,” Representative Davis says. “Those who gain acceptance are awarded full 4-year scholarships. This opportunity affords each nominee the chance to obtain a well-rounded education that is worth over $300,000.”
    Davis goes on to say, “In order to meet the exciting challenges of the new century, our students must be exposed to as many educational opportunities as possible. The military academies are top-notch and offer a broad scope of undergraduate studies to prepare students for challenges of today for the world tomorrow.”
    Each element of a candidate’s academic record is carefully evaluated by the academy’s admission board. Elements assessed include the nominee’s complete high school record (and college record, when applicable), class standing and scores on either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT). While academic performance is used, a nominee’s maturity, character, leadership ability, physical aptitude, medical condition, personal goals and motivation are all used to determine a candidate’s suitability for an academy.
    Nominated by Congressman Davis are:
U.S. Military Academy (West Point)
•    Terry Baggett, Chicago
•    Sangjim Chung, Chicago
•    David A. Johnston, River Forest
•    Mitchell J. Saffold, Chicago
U.S. Air Force Academy
•    Nathan P. Anderson, Westchester
•    Victoria A. Gullo, River Forest
•    Michael A. Kelly, Jr.
•    Mitchell J. Saffold, Chicago
•    Audrey Springer, Oak Park
U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland
•    Lakeshia Brock, Hillside
•    Eric R. Cybulski, River Forest
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
•    Luke Besser, Chicago

Congressman Davis with his nominees to the U.S. Air Force Academy: Audrey Springer, Nathan P. Anderson, Michael A. Kelly, Jr., and Mitchell J. Saffold. (Victoria A. Gullo is nominated but not present.) (Photo by Brad)

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