WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) is proud to nominate eight Illinoisans from the 11th Congressional District to the United States Service Academies.
“One of the greatest honors I have as your Representative is to nominate focused, driven students throughout the 11th Congressional District to a United States Service Academy,” said Congressman Kinzinger. “The nominating process is extremely competitive. The hard work and dedication of these young men and women is what makes our nation's military unmatched to any other. The nominees represent the heart, soul and future of our nation. I'm humbled by their commitment and courageous ambitions."
The 11th District's eight nominees were chosen based on the information included in their applications, test scores, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation and the requirements of each U.S. Service Academy. Each Service Academy will determine who will receive an appointment of admission.
"As a current member of the Armed Forces, I take the responsibility of my selections incredibly seriously," Kinzinger continued. "It is a privilege to recommend exceptional nominees for a potential appointment to these great institutions."
Of the eight students nominated from the 11th District, Kevin Thielmann, a senior at Lincoln-Way North High School and Mokena resident, has already received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. The majority of the nominees will hear from the academies in Spring 2012.
"From his accomplishments in the classroom to his leadership in athletics, Kevin has served as an outstanding member in our community and will make a tremendous addition to West Point," said Kinzinger. "It's an honor to know this young man and see his dedication to his country first-hand. I look forward to seeing what this next chapter holds for Kevin as he joins young leaders from across the country in making a profound commitment to serve."
11th District Service Academy Nominees
U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York
§ Joseph John Hines, Jr. (Cedar Point, IL)
§ Austin Paul Mackert-Miller (Plainfield, IL)
§ Maria Rossi (Shorewood, IL)
§ Jenna Laureen Tasic (Tinley Park, IL)
§ Kevin Daniel Thielmann (Mokena, IL)
U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland
§ Jacob Ryan Hilliard (Monee, IL)
§ Garrett Marshall Saulters (Wilmington)
§ Joseph Aaron Weis (Plainfield)