WASHINGTON, D.C. – This past weekend, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) delivered remarks at his reception to congratulate the Class of 2019 Service Academy nominees and their families.  He also thanked the Adjutant General of Ohio, Major General Harris, for hosting the ceremony at the Ohio National Guard Headquarters, as well as the Service Academy Review Board members who volunteered time and energy to assist in selecting the very best nominees. This year’s Southwest Ohio nominees are from Brown, Butler, Darke, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, and Warren counties.

“Our nominees are among the best and the brightest from Ohio, and I would be proud to have them serve our country in our Armed Forces. This annual reception is one of my favorite days of the year, and I was pleased to be able to congratulate them,” Portman said. “The distinguished members of the Review Board helped me and our office guarantee that young individuals like the ones we selected this year have a chance to get into one of the service academies, and I am grateful for their dedication to continuing Ohio’s strong tradition of high acceptance rates.”

Pictured from Left to Right:  Emerson Cahall, Destinee Byrd, Sylvia Ferraro, Charles Cowart, Senator Rob Portman, Brandon Dinan, Major General John Harris, Veronica Richards, Isabelle Boggs, Lance Weston, Morgan Frederick

* Emerson Cahall, Georgetown, Ohio; Nominated to the Naval Academy

* Destinee Byrd, Cincinnati, Ohio; Nominated to West Point

* Sylvia Ferraro, Franklin, Ohio; Nominated to the Air Force Academy

* Charles Cowart, Cincinnati, Ohio; Nominated to the Air Force Academy

* Brandon Dinan, Cincinnati, Ohio; Nominated to the Air Force Academy

* Veronica Richards, Cincinnati, Ohio; Nominated to the Air Force Academy & Merchant Marine Academy

* Isabelle Boggs, Lebanon, Ohio; Nominated to the Air Force Academy

* Lance Weston, Spring Valley, Ohio; Nominated to the Air Force Academy

* Morgan Frederick, Versailles, Ohio; Nominated to West Point 

Not Pictured:

*Hunter Johns, Dayton, Ohio; Nominated to the Merchant Marine Academy

*Steven Knebel, Okeana, Ohio; Nominated to West Point

*Jackson Lewis, Cincinnati, Ohio; Nominated West Point & the Merchant Marine Academy

*James Sherlock, Cincinnati, Ohio; Nominated to West Point

*Isabel Steen, Cincinnati, Ohio; Nominated to the Air Force Academy 

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