Local students are nominated for the U.S. Service Academies

Milford. Two students from Delaware Valley High School are among the six young people nominated by U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright from his district. The nominees will now go through the academies' competitive application process. If offered an appointment, they will join their respective academy's Class of 2024.

20 Jan 2020 | 03:28

Students from Monroe, Pike, and Wayne counties have been nominated for appointments to attend the United States Service Academies.

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, who made the nominations on Jan. 17, said they will now go through the academies' competitive application process. If offered an appointment, the students will join their respective academy's Class of 2024.

“It is my distinguished honor to nominate these exceptional young women and men as candidates for appointment to our esteemed United States Service Academies,” U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, who made the nominations on Jan. 17. “Each student nominated is among the best and brightest of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and they represent the next generation of great American leaders.”

Here are the nominees:

Laina Bogusta of Milford, daughter of Alexandra and Stephen Bogusta and a senior at Delaware Valley High School, has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Gavin Brazanskas of Shohola is the son of Cynthia and Stephen Brazanskas and a senior at Delaware Valley High School. He has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.

Matthew Benedito of Newfoundland, son of Jaclyn Benedito Sennefelder and Paul Sennefelder, is a senior at Wallenpaupack High School and has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Nicholas Hamer of Tafton is the son of Patricia and Christopher Hamer and a graduate of WallenpaupackArea High School. He has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.

Sheamus McCarroll of Swiftwater is the son of Sarah and James McCarroll and a senior at Pocono Mountain West High School. He has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.

Jessica Sulewski of Tafton is the daughter of Stacey and Charles Sulewski and a graduate of Cornwall Central High School in New Windsor, N.Y. She is currently enrolled at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

“I want to thank these outstanding young adults for their willingness to commit to serving their country," Cartwright said. "They give me hope that our best days are surely ahead.”

For the nominees' achievements, please see sidebar.

Laina Bogusta, Milford:
Senior at Delaware Valley High School
Captain of the track and field team
First team all-star for cross country and track and field
Member of the National Honor Society
Volunteers for the Special Olympics and as a counselor for youth cross country and track camps
Gavin Brazanskas, Shohola:
Senior at Delaware Valley High School
Future Business Leaders of America vice president, Future Business Leaders of America Region 22 vice president, and recipient of the organization's Big 33 Community Service Award
Member of the National Honor Society
Member of the National Math Honor Society
Member of the National Social Studies Honor Society
Marching band and jazz band section leader
Member of the varsity wrestling team
American Legion Boys State representative
Boys Scouts of America Life Scout and senior patrol leader
Attended West Point’s Summer Leader Experience and the Naval Academy’s Summer Seminar
Nicholas Hamer, Tafton:
Graduate of Wallenpaupack Area High School
Attends Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine
Member of Wallenpaupack's golf team and a two-time captain, and also played baseball
Member of the National Honor Society
National Automotive Technology Competition winner
Pennsylvania State Police Camp Cadet participant
American Legion Keystone Boys State attendee
Member of the Order of the Free Masons
Junior clinic instructor at the Honesdale Golf Course
Volunteer for the Special Olympics
Matthew Benedito, Newfoundland:
Senior at Wallenpaupack High School
Member of the varsity soccer, wrestling, and track and field teams
Participates in the Engineering Club, Technology Club, and Astronomy Club
Recipient of the Gold Honor Award from the National Honor Society and two Silver Honors.
Boy Scouts of America patrol leader and quartermaster
Tang Soo Do co-instructor
Volunteer at the Hawley Library
Sheamus McCarroll, Swiftwater:
Senior at Pocono Mountain West High School
Member of the National Honor Society
Member of the Distinguished Honor Roll
Member of the Student Athlete Character Counsel
SADD officer
PRIDE Committee executive officer
Keystone Boys State alumnus
Member of the cross country, golf, and football teams
Captain of the track and field team
Volunteer for Toys for Tots, Meals on Wheels, the Salvation Army, and Hackerman Patz House Fundraiser
Participated in West Point’s Summer Leadership Experience
Jessica Sulewski, Tafton:
Enrolled at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, studying business
Member of the National Honors Society
Member of the Society of High School Scholars
Volunteer for the Peer Mentorship Program as an National Honor Society school tutor
Volunteer for Boy Scouts of America food drives
Member of the varsity cheer, diving, and track and field teams
Received certificate of recognition as a military child of an active duty soldier stationed at West Point
Attended West Point’s Summer Leadership Experience