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Balderson Announces 2021 Service Academy Nominations

WORTHINGTON, OH - Congressman Troy Balderson today announced Ohio’s 12th Congressional District’s service academy nominations for the Class of 2025.

“We are once again putting our communities’ finest young leaders forward with these service academy nominations,“ said Congressman Balderson. “Ohio’s 12th Congressional District is home to so many remarkable applicants, and I am confident that each student chosen by our nominating committee will serve with honor and distinction.”

Before earning an appointment to a U.S. Service Academy, students must be nominated by their Congressman, Senator, or the Vice President of the United States. An ad hoc panel, consisting of current and former military leaders as well as community leaders, assisted Congressman Balderson with screening candidates and conducting interviews. During the competitive nomination and appointment process, students are evaluated on their academic records, athletic achievements, and leadership qualities.

Several students earned nominations to multiple academies.

U.S. Air Force Academy

Erin Bauslaugh - Delaware Christian School
Lauren Coleman - Metro Early College High School
Aubrianna Dobbins - Granville High School
Joanna Halfhill - Lexington High School
Brayden Havenstein - Dublin Jerome High School
Sean Kim - Worthington Kilbourne High School
Diego Pitones - St. Charles Preparatory
Jillian Riegert - Thomas Worthington High School
Jack Seltzer - Oakland Early College
Tessa Whittaker - Bishop Watterson High School

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Erin Bauslaugh - Delaware Christian School
Aubrianna Dobbins - Granville High School
Conor Duffy - Dublin Jerome High School
Joanna Halfhill - Lexington High School
Sean Kim - Worthington Kilbourne High School
Jillian Riegert - Thomas Worthington High School

U.S. Naval Academy

Caden Brubaker - St. Peters High School
Aubrianna Dobbins - Granville High School
Conor Duffy - Dublin Jerome High School
Natanas Gaver - Reynoldsburg High School
Samuel Kovach - New Albany High School
Thomas Morris - New Albany High School
Diego Pitones - St. Charles Preparatory
Tucker Schurig - Lexington High School
Tessa Whittaker - Bishop Watterson High School

U.S. Military Academy

Erin Bauslaugh - Delaware Christian School
Vishnu Bodavula - Olentangy Liberty High School
Lauren Coleman - Metro Early College High School
Aubrianna Dobbins - Granville High School
Conor Duffy - Dublin Jerome High School
Joanna Halfhill - Lexington High School
Sean Kim - Worthington Kilbourne High School
Christian Miller - Highland High School
Elijah Pack - Culver Military Academy
Jillian Riegert - Thomas Worthington High School


A congressional nomination does not guarantee acceptance to a service academy. Cadets and midshipmen commit to serving at least five years in their respective military branch upon graduation.

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