WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAJ) — United States Senator Pat Toomey has announced that 20 Pennsylvania students have been nominated and accepted into the U.S. Service Academies this fall, including a student from our very own Somerset County.

Senator Toomey nominated these students to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point. These students will graduate in 2026 and begin their 5-year service commitment.

U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

  • Elijah Burtner, Somerset County
  • Tyler Lynch, Westmoreland County
  • Hailey Clayton, York County
  • Similoluwa Olanyi, Delaware County
  • Maxx Simeon, Bucks County
  • Emmett Carey, Bucks County

U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.

  • Mitchell Baker, Chester County
  • Alexander Leyzerzon, Bucks County
  • Dylan Huffman, Chester County
  • Nathan Schmidt, Northampton County
  • Sophie Guerriero, Luzerne County
  • Adam Farmer, Adams County
Senator Toomey hosts a breakfast in Washington, D.C. to honor the Pennsylvania students bound for the U.S. Service Academies.

U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Spring, Colo.

  • Emerson Kettler, Bucks County
  • Max Haas, Chester County

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y.

  • Connor Crymes, Chester County
  • Vivian Kong, Montgomery County
  • Caelan McMichael, Delaware County
  • Brendan O’Rourke, Delaware County
  • Nathaniel Gregoire, Schuylkill County
  • Meagan McHale, Franklin County

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“One of the best parts of being a Senator is meeting and nominating outstanding young Pennsylvanians to the United States Service Academies,” said Senator Toomey. “Each of these young adults exemplifies tremendous academic success, leadership, and character, and they stand out among their peers as selfless, committed Americans ready to serve their country. It’s a great honor to congratulate each of these bright leaders before they enter their respective academies.”