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Congressman Lacy Clay

Representing the 1st District of Missouri

Clay Nominates 13 Top Students to Attend U.S. Service Academies

April 20, 2017
Press Release
Honors Outstanding Young People Who Are Ready to Serve Their Country

ST. LOUIS – Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (D) Missouri has nominated thirteen remarkable young people from across the 1st Congressional District to attend one of our nation’s military service academies.  These highly competitive nominations are awarded annually after a rigorous review process.

In a ceremony at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, Mr. Clay told the nominees, “Each year, the exceptional young people whom I am honored to nominate to our nation’s military service academies restore my faith that America’s future is in good hands.  You have already demonstrated the highest standards of academic achievement, athletic ability, personal character and community service.  And now, you are ready to step forward and join in a long tradition of volunteers who stood tall in the defense of freedom.  Generations of brave men and women have gone before you.  I know that you will honor their legacy with your service and I am immensely proud of all of you.”


Congressman Clay’s 2017 U.S. Service Academy Nominees:


Caleb Berry

Tower Grove Christian Academy     

U.S. Military Academy


Carson Berry

Saint Louis University High School

U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy


Alana Chandler

Lutheran North High School

U.S. Military Academy


Dylan Crawford

Hazelwood West High School

U.S. Naval Academy


David Le

Cleveland Junior Naval R.O.T.C. Academy

U.S. Naval Academy


Robert Shields, Jr.

Missouri Military Academy

U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy


Katherine Stujenske

Stanford Online High School

U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy


Jennifer Thomas

McKinley Classical Leadership Academy

U.S. Military Academy


Brendan Farmer

North County Christian School

U.S. Naval Academy


Josiah Goosen

Veritas Press Scholars Academy

U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy


Laryn Grant

McCluer North High School

U.S. Military Academy


Austin LaRue

Gateway Science Academy

U.S. Naval Academy


Darric Woodley

McCluer High School

U.S. Naval Academy