Three Canfield students were among Congressman Bill Johnson's announcement last week of his service academy nominations from Ohio's 6th Congressional District.
Drew Bennett was nominated for the United States Naval Academy, Kaylee Kilbert was nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy and Jennifer Morris was nomination for the U.S. Naval Academy.
"It is truly an honor to announce the nomination of these outstanding young Ohioans to one of the United States Service Academies for the Class of 2018," Johnson said. "This interview process left me with a great feeling of optimism for America's future. This highly motivated group of candidates gave me both a great deal of confidence in the future of our military leadership, and the knowledge that they will represent eastern and southeastern Ohio well.
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Drew Bennett from Canfield High School was congratulated by Congressman Bill Johnson after he made the nomination for Bennett to attend the United States Naval Academy.
Sometimes we only hear or read negative stories, but the commitment and patriotism demonstrated by so many local young people is something that should fill us all with inspiration and hope. I wish all of these young men and women the best as they continue through the final stages of the appointment process, and in everything that lies ahead for them."
Johnson was assisted in the process by a five member, non-partisan, volunteer 6th Congressional District Service Academy Nomination Board. The board conducted interviews with applicants in November at Zane State College in Cambridge. After applications and test scores were reviewed by Johnson and the board, 18 students were recommended for nomination. The applicants still must meet the requirements of each individual service academy. Each academy will make the final decision as to who receives an appointment of admission for the fall of 2014.
Johnson entered the U.S. Air Force in 1973 and retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1999 after a distinguished military career.