WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Military Academy at West Point has extended an offer of appointment to Mary Warder of Lakewood. Brown nominated Mary for the U.S. Military Academy.

“Today’s students will be the next generation of military leaders, and I’m proud Mary has been offered the opportunity to attend one of our nation’s prestigious service academies,” said Brown. “Mary worked hard for this achievement and has demonstrated the leadership and commitment to service needed to represent our country and values. Her family and community should be proud of this honor.”

Mary is a senior at the Texas Military Institute in San Antonio, TX, where she is a member of the JROTC and the Battalion Commander. She is also the captain of the swim team and plays volleyball and runs on the track team.

Each year, Brown nominates up to 10 students for each service academy requiring congressional recommendations: the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Naval Academy. 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, active service members, veterans, parents of academy attendees, and community leaders from throughout the state – conducted rigorous interviews before selecting the final candidates.