WASHINGTON DC (December 23, 2019) — Senator Charles "Chuck" Grassley has nominated 50 Iowa students to be considered for appointments to the US service academies.

“These young Iowans who want to enter the academies and serve our country are a remarkable reflection on our state. Their accomplishments, leadership and desire to serve are exceptional, and signal continued excellence in the US armed forces,” Sen Grassley said.

Each year, Sen Grassley has the opportunity as a US senator to nominate either current or future Iowa high school graduates for a select few service academy placements. The US Air Force Academy, US Military Academy, and US Naval Academy all select at least one qualified student from Grassley’s nominations. The US Merchant Marine Academy makes selections in proportion to states’ representation in Congress.

Sen Grassley encourages Iowa students to consider applying to more than one service academy due to the highly competitive nature of admissions. Iowa members serving in the US House of Representatives make nominations in addition to both of Iowa’s US senators. Students may receive more than one nomination.

Students interested in academy appointments should begin the application process in the spring of their junior year of high school. Early application is encouraged. The academies select students based on the number of vacancies available for the next school year.

“The academies offer some of the best options for higher education as well as an outstanding way to serve our country. It’s a tremendous opportunity for young Iowans,” Sen Grassley said.

Traditionally, the high quality of Iowa nominees results in several Iowa students being offered admission to attend each of the service academies. These students then choose whether to attend the academy. More information about service academy nominations can be found here.

Sen Grassley will make announcements as academy appointments are offered to Iowans.

The list of Sen Grassley’s nominees for the 2020–2021 school year follows.

US Military Academy at West Point

Kaylah Ajram-Wright — Cedar Rapids

Jacob Baier — Ankeny

Samuel Cotton — Bettendorf

Margaret Cristoforo — Mount Pleasant

Christopher Cumberbatch — Davenport

Chloe David — Granger

Ethan Flege — Waverly

Grace Greer — Iowa City

MaryClare Greer — Iowa City

Emma Holesinger — Dubuque

Patrick Junker — Waukee

Noah Kohut-Jackson — Cambridge

Carson Parker — Story City

James Pinter — Iowa City

Ambria Pipho — Decorah

Luke Posegate — Grimes

Grace Ries — Asbury

Mikail Syed — Iowa City

Jerry Vesey — Bettendorf

Wynn Yeager — Winterset

US Naval Academy

Bryce Anstoetter — Dubuque

Ryan Dougherty — Sioux City

Mason Dunn — Bettendorf

Madison Foht — Davenport

Nicholas McGowan — Sioux City

Ambria Pipho — Decorah

Benson Redfern — Cedar Falls

Bryce Green-Repollo — Urbandale

William Rolfstad — Davenport

Donovan Thornhill — Cedar Rapids

US Merchant Marine

Madison Foht — Davenport

Nicole Masteller — Des Moines

Lucas Miller — Urbandale

Jacob Nelson — Bettendorf

Donovan Thornhill — Cedar Rapids

Jonathan Wargo — West Branch 

US Air Force Academy

John Bell — Waterloo

Scott Bell — Altoona

Anthony Cordes — Avoca

Anton Dahm — Bettendorf

Chloe David — Granger

Jacob DeJohn — Urbandale

Keegan Eitter — Asbury

Mitchell Engelbart — Wyoming

Emma Holesinger — Dubuque

Jacob Hrasky — Treynor

Jacob James — Council Bluffs

Olivia Lewis — Bettendorf

Nicole Masteller — Des Moines

Brooke Netcott — Davenport

Connor Pickhinke — Early

Elliot Potter — Cedar Rapids

Hunter Sherry — Boone

Jacob Torresi — Ames

Jordyn Wagner — Clive

Rebecca Wright — Center Point

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