Graves nominates Lee’s Summit students to U.S. Service Academies

January 22, 2014 

U.S. Congressman Sam Graves of Missouri announced recently the nomination of two Lee’s Summit students to the U.S. Service Academies.

David Mershon attends Lee’s Summit North High School and participates in football and debate. A member of the National Honor Society, David is also the President of the 2013-2014 Student Body. The son of T. Bruce and Tracey Mershon, David has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.

Brennan Rialti attends Lee’s Summit High School where he participates in the drumline and the Air Force JROTC program. The son of Brian and Crystal Rialti, Brennan has been nominated to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.

“David and Brennan are both good students and well qualified individuals,” said Graves. “I’m honored to nominate them both and wish them the best.”

The nomination system is a very competitive process. The various military academies hold very selective admission standards. To help in the nomination process, Graves created an Academy Nominations Review Board. The board, made up of service academy graduates and citizens of the 6th District that Graves represents, interviewed and reviewed all applicants and made final recommendations to Graves.

Graves, who notified each student by phone that he was nominating them, said it was very difficult to make his final selections since all the students that applied were so exceptional. All of the applicants had impressive academic credentials and extensive involvement in school and community activities.

“The Sixth District continues to produce some of the most outstanding candidates in the nation,” said Graves. “They have made a commitment to be the best and to serve our nation’s armed services. I am very proud of all of them.”

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