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Representative Darin LaHood

Representing the 18th District of Illinois

Rep. Darin LaHood Announces 22 Service Academy Nominees

February 12, 2016
Press Release

Peoria, IL—Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) announced today the names of twenty -two remarkable young men and women he has nominated to be considered for admittance into the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, or U.S. Air Force Academy.

“I am proud to nominate these young leaders from communities across the 18th District for admission into our nation’s military academies. After reviewing their credentials and speaking personally with them, I have no doubt that each and every individual on this list would represent their country, state, and hometown with honor and respect. It is inspiring to meet so many young people who have substantiated dedication to serving our country. This competitive and outstanding group makes the future look brighter for America, and I wish them all well in their next steps,” Rep. LaHood stated.

Nominees completed a rigorous application process conducted by a selection panel including veterans and Central Illinois community leaders. The United States service academies will inform these finalized nominees regarding their admission over the next two months.

Rep. LaHood’s video announcement may be found here. Illinois' 18th District nominees for 2016 are listed below:

Randy Meneweather II— Washington, IL

US Air Force Academy

Matthew Helmich- Virginia, IL

US Air Force Academy

Mason Pohlman- Jacksonville, IL

US Air Force Academy

Joseph McCabe III- Morton, IL

US Air Force Academy

Ashton Williams— Springfield, IL

US Air Force Academy

Eric Betts- Camp Point, IL

US Military Academy

Maximilian Rawls- Dunlap IL

US Military Academy

Jace Taliaferrero- Pleasant Hill, IL

US Military Academy

Jacob Lowman- Nauvoo, IL

US Military Academy

Elias Sanchez- Green Valley, IL

US Military Academy

Bradley Novak- Brimfield, IL

US Military Academy

Jeston Rademaker- Mapleton, IL

US Military Academy

William Lucie— Basco, IL

US Military Academy

Morgan Riley- Peoria, IL

US Naval Academy

Jacob Armbrecht- Springfield, IL

US Naval Academy

Nathaniel Fierstos- Springfield, IL

US Naval Academy

Spencer Myers— Golden, IL

US Naval Academy

Reed Groesch- Springfield, IL

US Naval Academy

Tucker Schmidt- Petersburg, IL

US Naval Academy

August Will- Hudson, IL

US Naval Academy

Faith Kim- Washington, IL

US Air Force Academy, US Naval Academy

Kelsie Taylor- Pekin, IL

US Air Force Academy, US Naval Academy, US Military Academy


Congressman Darin LaHood proudly serves the constituents of Illinois’ 18th Congressional District, consisting of more than 710,000 constituents across 19 counties throughout Central and West-Central Illinois. Darin was born and raised in Central Illinois and currently resides in the Peoria area with his wife, Kristen, and their three children.