Congressman Bob Gibbs

Representing the 7th District of Ohio

Congressman Bob Gibbs Proud to Announce Service Academy Nominations

January 19, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Gibbs (OH-18) has announced the 11 students from the 18th District of Ohio received his nomination for appointments to the U.S. Service Academies:

“The U.S. Service Academies provide our country’s students with the opportunity to serve our nation and be schooled in the leadership and responsibility required to shine in the American military,” Congressman Gibbs said.  “The privilege of recommending some of the best and brightest among Ohio’s youth for admission to the U.S. Service Academies is one of my most rewarding responsibilities.  I am proud to nominate them and wish them all the best in the years ahead.”

Nominees were selected after a rigorous application process where factors such as academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, leadership skills, physical aptitude, character and motivation were taken into consideration.  Congressman Gibbs was aided in the process by his non-partisan Academy Advisory Board made up of distinguished Ohioans who have graduated from the service academies or have years of military experience and leadership.  

Congressman Gibbs’ nomination does not guarantee admission to a service academy as the academies’ respective admissions boards decide who is offered appointment, and ultimately admitted. Several individuals have been nominated to multiple academies; if they receive appointment offers from more than one academy, the student will decide which to attend.

The following is a list of nominees and their high schools:

  • Colin Harding of Byesville attends Meadowbrook High School and has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy.
  • Brendan Walburn of Hebron attends Lakewood High School and has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point).
  • Guy Staley of Cadiz attends Harrison Central and has been nominated to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
  • Bradley Suciu of Zanesville attends Zanesville High School and has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
  • Jeffrey Suciu of Zanesville attends Zanesville High School and has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Military Academy (West Point).
  • William Teater of Mt. Vernon attends Mt. Vernon High School has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point).
  • Dominic Sicilian of Hebron attends Granville High School has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy.
  • Samuel Miller of Mt. Vernon attends Mt. Vernon High School has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Military Academy (West Point).
  • Samuel Hiltner of Newark (Home Schooled) has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy.
  • Rebecca Chamberlin of Millersburg attends West Holmes has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
  • Chad Walker of Dennison attends Claymont High School has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy.