Nolan Ahlden of Ashkum and Nathaniel Garard of Gibson City are among the Illinois high school student nominees of U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger for a military education.
Ahlden represents the Navy nominees while Garard is a West Point nomination.
Rep. Kinzinger Hosts 2018 Military Academy Nominees
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) hosted a reception for the students he nominated for their respective Military Academy applications. All of the students live in the 16th District of Illinois and have applied for admission to one of the U.S. Military Academy institutions. Following the ceremony in Ottawa, Congressman Kinzinger released this statement:
“We have the greatest military in the world, and it’s because our men and women volunteer to protect and defend this great nation and the values we hold dear. This year, I had the privilege to nominate 19 incredible students from the 16th District as they take the next steps in their education through servant leadership.
“The Military Service Academy application process is very competitive and the training programs can be grueling. I’m very impressed by each of our nominees, humbled by their willingness to serve, and wish each one of them the best of luck in this process and in their future endeavors.”
The reception was hosted for the nominees and their families, with local media in attendance. Please visit the Congressman’s Facebook page for photos from the reception that will be shared in the “2018 Military Service Academy Nominations Reception” photo album.
NOTE: The students and their respective academy is listed in the table below.
Aeris Butler - Rockton Air Force
Kekoa Gross - Ottawa Air Force
Andrew Hancock - Ottawa Air Force
Kassidy Hansen - Wilmington Air Force
Brookelyn Messenger - Poplar Grove Air Force
Keegan Smith - DeKalb Air Force
Nathaniel Stout - Polo Air Force
Lael Versace - Rockford Air Force
Reagan Wells - Roscoe Air Force
Christopher Winters - Loves Park Air Force
Nolan Ahlden - Ashkum Naval
James Cern - Kingston Naval
Aidan Filipovic - Poplar Grove Naval
Matthew Grant - Belvidere Naval
Noah Knight - Rochelle Naval
Devin Lee - Streator Naval
Sadie Luhman - Belvidere Naval
Clinton Schielein - Dixon Naval
Nathaniel Garard - Gibson City West Point