WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) has extended an Offer of Appointment to Newton Falls High School senior Joseph Spletzer. Brown nominated the Warren resident to the USAFA.
“Ohio schools are educating the young people who will become the next generation of military leaders. I am proud that Joseph has been offered the opportunity to attend one of our nation’s most prestigious institutions,” said Brown. “Mr. Spletzer’s family and the entire Warren community should be proud of this dynamic young man who embodies the integrity and courage needed to represent and uphold the values of our nation.”
Mr. Spletzer plays baseball, football, soccer and runs track. He has maintained a 4.0 grade point average, even while remaining active in the Civil Air Patrol Drill Team and serving as a class officer. He is also president of his school’s chapter of the National Honor Society
Each year, Brown nominates up to ten students for each service academy requiring congressional recommendations. These include the Air Force Academy, the Naval Academy, the Military Academy at West Point, and the Merchant Marine Academy.
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.
Brown used the bipartisan Competitive Nominations Process and nominated ten candidates for each academy slot available. A nomination does not guarantee acceptance into a service academy. The Academy’s Admissions Board ultimately decides who receives an appointment.