LATHAM ANNOUNCES BOONE COUNTY NATIVE OFFERED APPOINTMENT TO U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY
Mar 13 -
Iowa Congressman Tom Latham announced today that Jacob Romitti, a Madrid, Iowa resident currently attending school at Cienega High School in Vail, Arizona, has been offered an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. Latham notified and congratulated Romitti by phone of the offer of appointment to the Academy.
“Jacob has demonstrated the characteristics of a leader and an achiever, and I commend him on his appointment to the Air Force Academy,” Latham said. “His involvement in student government, service projects and extracurricular activity reflect well upon him as a well-rounded individual, and I wish him the best as he carries these traits forward in his education and career.”
Romitti serves as his current high school’s student body president and has participated in track, soccer, cross country and swimming. During his time living in Iowa, he participated in the Iowa National Geographic Bee between 2006-08, qualifying for the final round in 2008; helped the Madrid Lions Club with several service projects; and partook in several honors bands and choirs.
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