Today U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) congratulates the new class of Missourians who accepted appointments to attend the U.S. service academies, including the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Naval Academy.

A total of 18 Missouri high school graduates were nominated by Senator Hawley: Stella Chang of Chesterfield, Sarah Diane Daues of St. Louis, Isobel Constance Marie Dernlan of St. Louis, Hannah Nichole Licklider of St. Clair, Samuel James Smith of Crystal City, Maiya Victoria Woelbling of St. Peters, Austin James Burns of Neosho, Jacob Bryant Carswell of Point Lookout, Jonathan Weston McGuire of Ballwin, Karly Irene Parcell of Columbia, Benjamin Darrel Thimjon of Kansas City, Penny Zheng of St. Louis, Conner Patrick McAteer of Dardenne Prairie, Charles Thomas Jantzen of Independence, Kevin Scott McElfresh of Dardenne Prairie, Charles William Minifie of St. Louis, and Matthew Joseph Schueddig of Arnold, and David Jackson Wells of Springfield.

"Congratulations to these students on being accepted into the U.S. Service academies and taking a bold step into a career in military service,” Senator Hawley said. “These students are truly some of Missouri’s most talented and skilled young leaders, and I know they will continue to work hard and make our state proud."

The U.S. service academies allow young people to serve the country while receiving a full four-year scholarship from some of America’s finest institutions of higher learning. Upon acceptance of an appointment into an Academy, a student commits to five years of active duty service after graduation. More information on the application process can be found here.