(Washington, D.C.) Senator Tom Harkin today nominated 53 Iowa students for appointments to the U.S. Air Force Academy, Naval Academy, Merchant Marine Academy and Military Academy, West Point for the 2014 class.
From southwest Iowa; Seth Horesley has been nominated to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Seth is the son of Kristina and Duane Horsley and is a senior at Carroll High School. Gustave Doll has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy. Gustave is the son of Elizabeth and Scott and is a senior at St Albert High School. Jose Olivo has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy. Jose is the son of Lisa Petry and Jose Olivo and is a 2013 graduate of Griswold High School. He is currently attending the U.S. Military Academy Prep School in West Point, New York. Luke Schmitz has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy. Luke is the son of Kristine Schmitz and Alan Schmitz and is a 2013 graduate of Harlan High School. He is currently attending Morningside College in Sioux City.
In a typical year, Harkin receives more than 150 applications from young Iowans interested in pursuing a career as a military officer. Academy nomination finalists are interviewed by Senator Harkin's Academy Selection Board, during which time their motivation, poise and self-expression are measured. Harkin may nominate up to ten applicants to compete for each available vacancy. From the Senator's nominees, the academy then selects the final candidate who will be offered an appointment.
After March 1, 2014, men and women between the ages of 17 and 22 who are interested in pursuing a nomination to one of the academies for the class entering in 2015, should go to http://www.harkin.senate.gov and complete Senator Harkin’s online Service Academy application, or contact Senator Harkin’s Cedar Rapids Office at (319)365-4504.