LATHAM ANNOUNCES THREE AMES HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS OFFERED SERVICE ACADEMY APPOINTMENTS
Feb 25 -
Iowa Congressman Tom Latham announced today that three Ames High School students have been offered appointments to the U.S. Service Academies. Orion Kelly Boylston has received an offer of appointment to the United States Military Academy, Nathan Joel Twito was offered full appointment to the Merchant Marine Academy, and Bernard James Forney has an appointment offer to the Naval Academy.
Congressman Latham nominated the three Ames students in 2012. He has notified and congratulated each student by phone.
“These three students exemplify the combination of academic and extracurricular achievement that makes the U.S. Service Academies home to so much of the country’s talented and high-character youth,” Latham said. “I am honored that I was able to nominate these outstanding Iowans during my representation of Ames in the United States Congress, and I wish each of them great success in their future endeavors.”
Boylston, a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) student, has participated in multiple sports, including cross country, track, baseball and hockey. He is also a band member and a participant in Key Club, and attended the Iowa Governor’s Institute in 2009 and Boys State in 2012.
Twito has maintained a 3.667 GPA in high school and is a member of the National Honor Society. He has participated in wrestling and soccer, and is a band member and a member of his church youth group.
Forney, a 3.98 GPA student, has attained the Eagle Scout honor. He is also a cross country and track competitor, and a member of his youth group band and high school’s drumline.
To gain acceptance to the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, applicants must receive a nomination from an authorized person such as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate. Applicants must be between 17 and 22 years old, single with no children and a United States citizen. Appointments to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy are made on the basis of an annual nationwide competition.
The U.S. military academies are among the most competitive and distinguished undergraduate universities in the country. They provide students with a full four-year scholarship and a career as a commissioned officer in the U.S. armed services upon graduation. Appointments are highly competitive, with the academies selecting candidates based on evidence of character, scholarship, leadership ability, physical aptitude, medical fitness, goals and motivation.
Students interested in a nomination should contact Congressman Latham's office in the spring of their junior year in high school. Also, please note that it is extremely important that the student begin the application process with the academies themselves.
Anyone with questions about the process or interested in a nomination may visit http://latham.house.gov/constituentservices/serviceacademynominations.htm, contact Ben Hammes in Latham's East Constituent Services Office in Des Moines by phone at 515-282-1909, or send correspondence to:
Congressman Tom Latham
Attn: Ben Hammes
2700 Grand Avenue, Ste 109
Des Moines, Iowa 50312