Brown Announces Nomination of Seven Northwest Ohioans to U.S. Military Service Academies

Nominees Include Students from Auglaize, Lucas, Mercer, Van Wert Counties

WASHINGTON, DC —Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced his nomination of seven students from Auglaize, Lucas, Mercer and Van Wert Counties to attend U.S. Military Service Academies. 

“Ohio schools are training young women and men who will be the next generation of military leaders. I am honored to nominate these outstanding students for our prestigious U.S. Military Service Academies,” said Brown. “These Ohioans embody the integrity and courage needed to represent and uphold the values of our nation. I am grateful for their dedication to serving our country.” 

Each year, Brown nominates students for each slot available at our nation’s service academies requiring congressional recommendations. This year, openings were available for Brown to nominate up to 20 students to the Air Force Academy and up to 10 students each to the Merchant Marine Academy, the Naval Academy, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. A nomination does not guarantee acceptance into a service academy. The academies’ 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, active service members, veterans, parents of academy attendees, and community leaders from throughout the state – conducted rigorous interviews before selecting the final candidates. 

A list of northwest Ohio nominees is below:







Van Wert


Olivia Skelton

Crestview High School

West Point




Seth Curtis-McCormack

St. Francis de Sales High School

West Point



Madeline Magoto

Minster High School

West Point




Jolee Hatfield King

Toledo School for the Arts

Naval Academy




Austin Birkemeier

Greystone Prep School Kerrville, TX

Merchant Marine Academy

Van Wert

Van Wert


Noah Carter

Van Wert High School

Merchant Marine Academy



Andrew Waite

Coldwater High School

Air Force