Congressman Barletta Hosts Congratulatory Picnic for Service Academy Nominees

Jun 12, 2018
Press Release

CARLISLE – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today hosted a congratulatory picnic for the students he nominated to the U.S. service academies, and who were offered and accepted appointments.  The academies which offered appointments to Barletta’s nominees include the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York; the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.  

“The United States service academies have always attracted our best, brightest, and bravest,” Barletta said.  “This group of motivated young Americans represents the best of what our part of Pennsylvania has to offer, and they are to be commended for choosing to begin their adult lives in service to this nation.  I was honored to nominate these students to our service academies and congratulate them on earning and accepting their appointments.  We should all be proud of what these young people have already achieved and await eagerly to see their future successes.

Students who expressed interest in attending a service academy were interviewed by an independent review board formed by Barletta comprised of community leaders and representatives of the military community, which made final recommendations.  This year, the panel included respected representatives from the U.S. Army War College and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.  Factors such as academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, leadership skills, physical aptitude, character, and motivation were taken into consideration and compared with other applicants.

While securing a Congressional nomination is a vital step in the process for these students, it does not guarantee admission.  Each service academy makes the final determination of which students ultimately are admitted.

In total, Barletta nominated 15 students to the U.S. Naval Academy, 11 students to the U.S. Military Academy, seven students to the U.S. Air Force Academy, and two students to the U.S. Merchant Marines.  Out of those nominations, the following students were both offered an appointment and have accepted it:  

  • Joshua Kaplowitz – U.S. Naval Academy
  • John Bucher – U.S. Merchant Marines
  •  Matthew Kunkle – U.S. Naval Academy
  •  Lauren Anderson – U.S. Naval Academy
  • Christian Roberts – U.S. Naval Academy
  • Bradley Owens – U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Jacob Kobusky – U.S. Military Academy