U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons and Rep. John Carney (all D-Delaware) congratulated students accepted into U.S. Service Academies during a reception June 8 in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.

Each year, students interested in attending the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy or U.S. Military Academy apply for a nomination through members of the United States Congress. Members nominate top candidates from their home state, ensuring that the best and the brightest are considered for admission to the nation's leading service academies.

The Delaware students attending the reception who have accepted appointments to the service academies are:

United States Naval Academy

Piroz Bahar, McDonogh School, Georgetown

Piper Freed, Appoquinimink High School, Middletown

Derek Golembrosky, Delaware Military Academy, Newark

John “Mike” Hanling, St. Mark’s High School, Newark

Kevin Murray, Charter School of Wilmington, Wilmington

Nicholas Reyes, Saint Thomas More Academy, Dover

United States Merchant Marine Academy

John Lazear, Lawrenceville School, Newark

Matthew McCurnin, Archmere Academy, Newark

United States Air Force Academy

Kendall Lewis, Caesar Rodney High School, Frederica

Michael McLaughlin, Red Lion Christian Academy, Wilmington

Kyle Orton, Cape Henlopen High School, Lewes

Andrew Stant, Caesar Rodney High School, Dover

United States Military Academy

William Frangia, Salesianum High School, Townsend

Gary Gray II, Caesar Rodney High School, Magnolia

Josephine Marsh, Appoquinimink, Middletown

Channah Mills, Caesar Rodney High School, Wyoming