This past weekend, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) delivered remarks at his reception to congratulate the class of 2016 Service Academy nominees and their families, including Lynchburg-Clay High School senior Noah Scott.
Portman thanked Brigadier General Dana McDaniel, director of the Joint Staff, Ohio National Guard, for hosting the ceremony at the Ohio National Guard Headquarters, as well as the Service Academy Review Board members who volunteered their time and energy to assist his office in selecting the very best nominees. This year’s Southwestern Ohio nominees are from Clark, Clinton, Greene and Montgomery counties.
“Our nominees are among the best and the brightest from Ohio, and I would be proud to have them serve our country in the military,” Portman said. “The distinguished members of the review board have helped me and our office guarantee that young men and women like the ones we selected this year have a chance to get into one of the service academies, and I am grateful for their tireless and selfless dedication to continuing Ohio’s strong tradition of high acceptance rates.”
Those nominated included:
• Mark Mumford: Dayton, nominated to West Point;
• Carrie Gump: Dayton, nominated to the Air Force Academy;
• Caleb Linder: North Carlisle, nominated to the Merchant Marine Academy;
• Noah Scott: Lynchburg, nominated to the Naval Academy;
• Jonathan Thesing: Dayton, nominated to the Naval Academy;
• Seth D’Allessandris: Springfield, nominated to the Air Force Academy;
• Aislinn Fitzgerald, Beavercreek, nominated to the Air Force Academy;
• Chandler Vandiford: Springfield, nominated to West Point;
• Matthew Kuhn: Centerville, nominated to the Air Force Academy.