SCHS Student One of 19 Nominated to Military Service Academy by Congressman Shimkus
Hayden Wimberly Nominated to U.S. Air Force Academy
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Military Academy Appointees: (left-right) Hayden Wimberly of Salem, Pattrick Sherrod of Effingham, Congressman John Shimkus, Jarrett Jones of Effingham, and Zachary Keitel of Effingham.

A Salem Community High School senior Hayden Wimberly was been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Air Force Academy by Congressman John Shimkus.

Wimberly was one of 19 to receive appointments. Others nominated include Patrick Sherrod of Effingham to the U.S. Marine Academy, U.S. Navy Academy, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; Zachary Keitel of Effingham to the U.S. Air Force Academy and Jarrett Jones of Effingham to the U.S. Navy Academy, as well as Collin Henderson of Trenton to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Under the process, the congressman nominates, and then the academies themselves make the final determination whether a nominee receives an appointment to attend that academy.

"The academies look at academics, leadership, and physical fitness in order to assure a young person is well-rounded and able to cope with the unique challenges of attending a military school," Shimkus, himself a graduate of West Point, said. "I am very proud of these young men and women for considering an academy for their college choice and am grateful for the honor of being able to nominate them."

High school juniors, college students, or current members of the military who are residents of the 15th District and wish to attend an academy beginning in 2019 can start the dual application process now by registering on the academy's website. This summer, interested students should complete the online application form for the Congressman's office available at

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