WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Mahoning County student was recently extended an offer of appointment from a military service academy. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy has extended an Offer of Appointment to Canfield High School student Kaylee Kilbert. Brown nominated the Canfield resident for the Merchant Marine Academy.

“Ohio schools are educating the young people who will become the next generation of military leaders. I am proud that Kaylee has been offered the opportunity to attend one of our nation’s most prestigious institutions,” said Brown. “Ms. Kilbert’s family and the entire Canfield community should be proud of this dynamic young woman, who embodies the integrity and courage needed to represent and uphold the values of our nation.”

Kaylee is a senior at Canfield High school where she is a member of the National Honors Society, the school newspaper, and Canfield’s soccer, track, and basketball teams. Kaylee also works as a lifeguard, is a member of The U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps, and has coached youth swim and soccer teams.

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 openings were available at the Air Force Academy, Brown nominated 20 students to that institution. 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.