WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Sylvania Northview High School graduate was recently accepted into a top military service academy. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the U.S. Naval Academy has extended an Offer of Appointment to Sylvania Northview High School graduate James D’Onofrio. Brown nominated the Sylvania resident for the Naval Academy.
“Ohio schools are educating the young people who will become the next generation of military leaders. I am proud that James has been offered the opportunity to attend one of our nation’s most prestigious institutions,” said Brown. “Mr. D’Onofrio’s family and the entire Sylvania community should be proud of this dynamic young man, who embodies the integrity and courage needed to represent well and uphold the values of our nation.”
James graduated from Sylvania Northview High School in 2012 and is currently taking classes at the University of Toledo. He graduated from high school with a 3.75 GPA, and was a member of the Sea Cadets, National Honor Society, marching band, lacrosse and cross country team, German club, and Science Olympiads.
Each year, Brown nominates up to 10 students for each slot at our nation’s service academies requiring congressional recommendations, including: the Air Force Academy; the Naval Academy; the Military Academy at West Point; and the Merchant Marine Academy. This year, because two opening were available at both the Air Force Academy and the Naval Academy, Brown nominated 20 students to those institutions. A nomination does not guarantee acceptance into a service academy. The Academy’s Admissions Board ultimately decides who receives an appointment.
The nominations are based on the recommendation of a Service Academy Selection Advisory Committee assembled by Brown. This committee, comprised of former academy graduates, parents of academy attendees, and community leaders from throughout the state, conducted rigorous interviews before selecting the final candidates.