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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York


Donovan Honors Military Service Academy Nominees

February 24, 2017
Press Release
Donovan nominated 10 local students for applications to Army, Navy, Air Force, and Merchant Marine Academies

Washington, DC—February 24, 2017…. Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) presented ten outstanding Staten Island and South Brooklyn students with certificates in honor of their nominations to the U.S. military service academies. Each nominee underwent a rigorous application process in which a local committee evaluated academic records, extracurricular activities, recommendations, and leadership skills. Donovan awarded four nominations to the U.S. Military Academy, four to the U.S. Naval Academy, one to the U.S. Air Force Academy, and one to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Congressman Donovan said, “I’m honored to nominate the brightest students from our district to the U.S. service academies. Each nominee has worked hard and chosen the noble path of serving and defending our great nation. I applaud your patriotism and look forward to seeing your future accomplishments. It’s truly a privilege to help build the next generation of servicemen and women.”

The ceremony took place on Staten Island at the SSG Michael Ollis VFW. The facility is named after hometown hero Army Staff Sergeant Michael Ollis, who stepped in front of a suicide bomber in Afghanistan to save a Polish soldier. Donovan has pushed for further recognition of Ollis’ heroism and valor, and he has sent a letter to the Secretary of the Army recommending him for the Congressional Medal of Honor. Ollis’s parents attended the event and addressed the student nominees.

“Staff Sgt. Michael Ollis embodies the true American spirit. He gave his life for his country – and his display of bravery, selflessness, and sacrifice is an example for all of us. The legacy of Staff Sgt. Ollis will live on through your service and dedication to protecting freedom.”

The nominees must still earn admission to the service academy for which they were nominated.

Congressman Donovan’s 2017 Service Academy nominees are:

U.S. Military Academy

  • Jonathon Carbonella, College of Staten Island
  • Jonathon Decarlo, Susan Wager High School
  • Patrick Orlando, Penn State University
  • Evan Tedesco, Staten Island Tech High School

U.S. Naval Academy

  • Michael Stumpf, Xavier High School
  • Lauren Casella, Tottenville High School
  • Najee Jenkins, Coney Island Prep High School
  • Joshua Maldonado, Xavarian High School

U.S. Air Force Academy

  • Caleb Wong, Aviation Career & Technical High School

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

  • Matthew Bantis, Poly Prep High School