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Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced that 21 Pennsylvania students have accepted appointments to the United States service academies.

“For generations, our U.S. service academies have endowed cadets with the lessons and skills essential to a career in our Nation’s military,” said Senator Casey. “It was my honor to recommend these young Pennsylvanians who have distinguished themselves in their classrooms and their communities across our state. I have no doubt they will continue Pennsylvania’s extensive history of exceptional contributions to our Nation’s military.”

The students were nominated by Senator Casey following an extensive application and interview process before the academies made the final selection for appointments. The academies, which include the U.S. Air Force, Merchant Marine, Military, and Naval Academies, offer qualified applicants a rare opportunity to obtain a first-rate college education, as well as the chance to serve our country as a commissioned officer in the United States Military. All nominees are selected on merit, with consideration given to character, leadership potential, extracurricular activities, and academic ability.

The following Pennsylvania students have received appointments:

Air Force

Audrey Hart, Somerset County

Elisha Rhoades, Erie County
Katelyn Butsavage, Lehigh County

Michael Ulery, Allegheny County

Reva Kalbhor, Butler County

Merchant Marine

Jack Gibson, Montour County

Julian Lopez, Lancaster County

Lauren Enterline, Dauphin County

Jayna McIntyre, Lackawanna County


Cecelia Crowley, Butler County

Heera Kalidindi, Bucks County

Samuel Harvey, Warren County

Hubert Dixon, Luzerne County

Nicholas Jones, Allegheny County


Dylan Nauhaus, Allegheny County

Gineva Reese, Lackawanna County

Eric Clark, Centre County

James Dougherty, Perry County

Mary Matyasovsky, Lawrence County

Samuel Magallanes, Lehigh County

Sienna McMenamin, Montgomery County

For additional information on Senator Casey’s service academy nomination process, please visit his website at