WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy has extended an offer of appointment to Alexander Virostek of Silver Lake. Brown nominated Alexander for the Merchant Marine Academy.
“Today’s students will be the next generation of military leaders, and I’m proud Alexander has been offered the opportunity to attend one of our nation’s prestigious service academies,” said Brown. “Alexander worked hard for this achievement and has demonstrated the leadership and commitment to service needed to represent our country and values. His family and community should be proud of this honor.”
Alexander is a senior at Stow-Munroe Falls High School, where he is captain of cross country team. He achieved the Scout rank of Eagle.
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.