Congressman Mike Pompeo, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, recently announced the names of the young Kansan men and women who will receive a nomination from the Fourth Congressional District of Kansas for appointment to one of the United States service academies for the Class of 2018.

Included is a Newton High School student — Tucker Sweely.

Twenty-six Kansas students have been selected this year by Congressman Pompeo from the applicants who were interviewed by the Fourth Congressional District’s Service Academy Nominations Board. The Fourth District Nominations Board consists of Kansans who are veterans of the armed services and volunteer to assist on this important mission. Members of the Fourth District Nominations Board were selected by Representative Pompeo to aid in the nominations process.

"The day I learned that I had been nominated by my Congressman to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point is one I will always remember," Congressman Pompeo said.

"I am proud to nominate these twenty-six outstanding men and women to represent the Fourth District of Kansas at our nation’s service academies. This year’s applicants are all so talented. To have received the Board’s nomination is a worthy accomplishment. These young people are a part of the future of our nation’s military and the future of our national security and I wish them all the best."

Upon receiving the nomination by Congressman Pompeo, the applicants must still meet the admission requirements of each service academy. The academies will make the final decisions on whom they will admit in early 2014. The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.