Congressman John Shimkus

Representing the 15th District of Illinois


Shimkus Nominates 16 to Military Service Academies

Jan 11, 2017
Press Release

Maryville, Illinois – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) today announced his 16 nominations to the military service academies. The congressman nominates, and then the academies themselves make the final determination whether a nominee receives an appointment to attend that academy.

"The academies look at academics, leadership, and physical fitness in order to assure a young person is well-rounded and able to cope with the unique challenges of attending a military school," Shimkus said. "As a West Point graduate, I am very proud of these young men and women for considering an academy for their college choice and am grateful for the honor of being able to nominate them.”

The four military academies that require congressional nominations are: United States Military Academy (USMA), West Point, New York; United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colorado Springs, Colorado; United States Naval Academy (USNA), Annapolis, Maryland; and United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), Kings Point, New York.

High school juniors, college students, or current members of the military who are residents of the 15th District and wish to attend an academy beginning in 2018 can request a nomination packet by writing Congressman John Shimkus, 15 Professional Park Drive, Maryville, IL 62062.  Those packets with complete requirements will be sent out in late summer.

“Potential nominees complete applications with both my office and online with each individual academy they wish to pursue,” Shimkus added. “I again offer my congratulations to these outstanding students.”

The congressman’s nominees for the class of 2021 are:

From Clinton County, pictured left to right above: Tori Voyles of Aviston (USAFA), Seth Terwilliger of New Baden (USAFA), Aften Richter of Highland (USAFA, USNA), and Shimkus.

From Madison County, pictured left to right below: Ryan D’Antonio of Saint Jacob (USAFA, USNA), Brett Korte of Highland (USAFA), Aften Richter of Highland (USAFA, USMA, USNA), Adam McElligott of Troy (USMA), and Shimkus.

From all other counties, pictured left to right above: Charles Goss of Sullivan (USAFA), Grace Zeller of Effingham (USMA), Shimkus, Gabriel Oetting of Charleston (USNA), and Christopher Henson of Flora (USNA).

An individual may be nominated to more than one academy. This year there were no applicants for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The full list of this year's nominees, including those not pictured, is as follows: 

U.S. Air Force Academy

Drew Olivia Brittin, Centralia                                      

Ryan Gordon D’Antonio, Saint Jacob

Patrik T. Elkins, Mahomet

Taylor Lawren Fritz, Arthur

Charles William Goss, Sullivan

Brett J. Korte, Highland

Aften Marie Richter, Highland

Seth Ryan Terwilliger, New Baden

Tori Kirsten Voyles, Aviston

U.S. Military Academy (West Point)

Drew Olivia Brittin, Centralia

Alena Sue Cowsert, Cypress

Tyler Jeffrey Higgins, Highland

Timothy James Jurgens, Golconda

Adam Christopher McElligott, Troy

Aften Marie Richter, Highland

Grace Elizabeth Zeller, Effingham              

U.S. Naval Academy

Ryan Gordon D’Antonio, Saint Jacob                         

Patrik T. Elkins, Mahomet

Christopher John Henson, Flora

Tyler Jeffrey Higgins, Highland

Gabriel Oliver Oetting, Charleston

Aften Marie Richter, Highland