WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Zanesville student was recently accepted into a top military service academy. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the U.S. Air Force Academy has extended an Offer of Appointment to Bishop Rosencrans High School student Jeffrey McKnight. Brown nominated the Zanesville resident for the Air Force Academy.
“Ohio schools are educating the young people who will become the next generation of military leaders. I am proud that Jeff has been offered the opportunity to attend one of our nation’s most prestigious institutions,” said Brown. “Mr. McKnight’s family and the entire Zanesville 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.”
Jeffery, a senior at Bishop Rosencrans High School in Zanesville, has maintained a 3.7 GPA and has been involved in varsity soccer, baseball, and track, and has earned three varsity letters. He is a class officer, a sports team captain, a National Honor Society Officer, was a Boy Scout senior patrol leader. He has also served as a leader on several school service projects including a school-wide mentoring program and a free sports camp for area youth.
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.