Lipinski Honors Students Nominated for U.S. Service Academies

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) has nominated 18 young men and women from the Third Congressional District for admission to the U.S. Service Academies.  The nominees were honored by Lipinski for their achievement at a ceremony last Saturday at Johnson-Phelps VFW Post 5220 in Oak Lawn.

“One of my proudest duties as a congressman is helping young men and women meet their goals by nominating them for admission to our prestigious service academies,” stated Rep. Lipinski.  “My office receives more than one hundred applications each year from a group of extraordinary students with a desire to be leaders who serve their country.  Just to be nominated to one of our nation’s service academies is a major accomplishment and a tremendous honor.  I am excited to see what the future holds for these impressive men and women.”

The nominees are:

U.S. Air Force Academy:  Jordan Brown, of Lemont, Lemont HS

Merchant Marine Academy:  Jennifer Stelnicki, of Chicago, St. Ignatius College Prep

U.S. Military Academy (West Point):  James Beecher, of Lemont, Benet Academy; Patrick Fox, of Oak Lawn, Richards HS; Denise Hernandez, of Chicago, Lindblom Math and Science Academy; Steven Irace, of Lemont, Lemont HS; Drew Litynski, of Lockport, Lockport HS; John Sims, of Chicago, Kennedy HS     

U.S. Naval Academy:  Charles Chan, of Chicago, UIC College Prep; Brandon Fitzpatrick, of Alsip, Marist HS; Desiree Garcia, of Chicago, Marist HS; Ryan Hammond, of Western Springs, Lyons Township HS; John Hirstein, of Western Springs, St. John's Northwestern Military Academy; Justin O’Connell, of Chicago, St. Rita HS; George Pina, of Chicago, NAPS/ Chicago Military Academy; Grace Rost, of Orland Park, Providence Catholic HS; Philp Smith, of Western Springs, Lyons Township HS; Joseph Sweeney, of Chicago, Brother Rice HS                

The admissions departments of the service academies make the final decision on acceptance.