Donovan Honors Military Service Academy Nominees
Washington, DC—January 21, 2016….Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) last night awarded 15 outstanding and patriotic students with certificates in honor of their nomination to the military service academies. Each student underwent a competitive nomination process in which a local committee reviewed grades, test scores, recommendations, and extracurricular activities. Donovan awarded six nominations to the U.S. Military Academy, five to the U.S. Naval Academy, two to the U.S. Air Force Academy, and three to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. (Note: one student received a nomination to both the Military Academy and Merchant Marine Academy).
Congressman Donovan said, “You represent the best among us. You’ve spent your high school years reaching toward a noble objective: defending the greatest country in the history of the world. Thank you for your dedication and for your spirit of service.”
The ceremony took place at the SSG Michael Ollis VFW. The post was named after hometown hero Michael Ollis, who stepped in front of a suicide bomber in Afghanistan to save a Polish soldier. In July of 2015, Donovan sent a letter to the Secretary of the Army recommending Ollis for the Congressional Medal of honor. With Ollis’s parents in attendance, Donovan focused his remarks on the heroism and selflessness Ollis displayed in combat.
“Protecting our country and our allies requires sacrifices from good, decent men and women. For some, the sacrifice is time away from family; for others, it’s moving from base to base. And for a few, like Staff Sergeant Michael Ollis, it’s the ultimate sacrifice. It’s a reality that we have to recognize, because your dreams are both honorable and dangerous.”
The nominees must still earn admission to the service academy for which they were nominated.