Devonte Smith, Blue Mound, nominated for West Point.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) recently announced that he has nominated 15 local students for admittance to the U.S. Service Academies. The nominations for these students were made following an application and interview process. Final determination on admission is made by the individual academies.
Devonte Smith of Blue Mound, who attends U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School, West Point, NY, son of Michael and Lisa Smith, was nominated to the Military academy.
"As a Member of Congress, I have the privilege of nominating these accomplished young men and women to our nation's service academies," said Davis. "The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military upon graduation, so I applaud these students for their decision to serve and wish them the best of luck."
Members of Congress are asked to nominate candidates to the U.S. Service Academies each year, and the number of vacancies for each congressional district is determined by law. Candidates can be considered for openings at the U.S. Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, Co.), U.S. Military Academy (West Point, N.Y.), U.S. Merchant Marines Academy (Kings Point, N.Y.) and the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis, Md.).
To be considered for appointment for the Class of 2024 all applicants must be: a U.S. citizen; a legal resident of the 13th District; at least 17 but not more than 23 years of age on July 1, 2020; single; and have no dependents. It is recommended that applicants contact the academy or academies of their choice to request a pre-candidate questionnaire, which is the first step in the Admission Office's evaluation.