Congressman Tim Ryan Announces U.S. Military Academy Nominations

Jan 30, 2017

Niles, OH –Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) announced today that 16 local students have been nominated to attend national military academies. Each year, Congressman Ryan nominates some of the best and brightest students from the 13th District to our United States military academies.

This year Congressman Ryan recommended sixteen young men and women that have excelled both academically at school, and personally as leaders in their communities. These young people are beginning a journey that would test them physically and mentally, and mold them into our nation’s leaders of the future. Congressman Ryan is proud to have the honor to nominate these young men and women to our United States military academies knowing that they will make our country proud.

“I am proud to nominate each of these students to be considered for acceptance to our nation’s military academies. Once again, this is a very impressive group of applicants," Congressman Ryan said, "These academies serve to develop our young people into leaders not only for our military, but also in our community. Our future is bright in their hands, and I am grateful to have the privilege to nominate such dedicated and inspiring students.”  

Each nominee completed an application and interviewed with the 13th District Nomination Committee, and the group was honored at a breakfast with Congressman Ryan today at McMenamy’s, 325 Youngstown Warren Rd, Niles.

Congressman Ryan also presented Congressional Award Medals, which recognizes initiative achievement and service. To achieve a Bronze, Silver or Gold Congressional Medal, each participant sets and achieves challenging goals in four areas: voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition/exploration.

The Congressional Award provides a positive experience for the young participants it recognizes, the communities that benefit from their service and the Members of Congress who have the opportunity to develop and reinforce democratic values and ideals on a personal level with our nation’s young people.

Weston Clark

Congressional Gold Medalist 2016 & Congressional Bronze Medalist

The nominated students are as follows:

Marissa Davis, U.S. Military Academy at West Point
Valley Christian High School
Parents: Melanie Cooper & Cicero Davis

Jeffery Marx, U.S. Naval Academy
Ursuline High School
Parents: Lisa & William Marx

Ian Murphy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point
Ursuline High School
Parents: Stephen & Leslie Murphy

Andrea Sparks, U.S. Naval Academy
Maplewood High School
Parents: Sue Sparks-Cristino & Allen Sparks

Ashleigh Rowley, U.S. Naval Academy
Western Reserve Local High School
Parents: James and Melanie Rowley

Hayden Stauffer, U.S. Military Academy at West Point
Girard High School
Parents: Kendell Stauffer Jr. & Marla Maderitz

Brandon Akuszewski, U.S. Military Academy at West Point
Austintown Fitch High School
Parents: David & Alisa Akuszewski

David Toussaint, U.S. Naval Academy
Howland High School
Parents: Gary & Dawn Toussaint

Chelsea Mann, U.S. Military Academy at West Point
Poland Seminary High School & Kent State University
Parents: Stephen Mann & Samantha Vecchione

Richard Peterson, U.S. Air Force Academy
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
Parents: Bill & Tracy Peterson

Christopher Liebhart, U.S. Naval Academy
Marlington High School
Parents: Wendell & Tommie Doak

Nicholas Cornell, U.S. Naval Academy
Valley Christian High School
Parents: Christine and Eugene Cornell 

Andrew Comstock, U.S. Naval Academy
Poland Seminary High School
Parents: David & Jennifer Comstock

Kiera Angelo, U.S. Military Academy at West Point
Boardman High School
Parents: Joseph Angelo Jr. & Nicola Morley

Weston Clark, U.S. Naval Academy (Congressional Gold and Bronze Medalist)
Home Schooled
Parents: Rich & Lisa Clark

Kemar Parmer, U.S. Military Academy at West Point
Archbishop Hoban
Parents: Troy Parmer & Kineta Blackmon