WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy has extended an offer of appointment to Terrill Seth Barnes of Chillicothe. Brown nominated Terrill for the Merchant Marine Academy.
“Today’s students will be the next generation of military leaders, and I’m proud Terrill has been offered the opportunity to attend one of our nation’s prestigious service academies,” said Brown. “Terrill 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.”
Terrill is a senior at Chillicothe High School, where he serves as the captain of the football and basketball teams. He is also a member of the National Honor Society.
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.