Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester congratulated Delaware students accepted into U.S. Service Academies during a June 12 reception 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 U.S. 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 U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, accepted Aidan O’Connor, from Caesar Rodney High School; and Robert Vadnais, from St. Mark’s High School.

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, accepted Michael Devine, from Archmere Academy; Alyssa Spell, from Cape Henlopen High School; Rachel Carlton, from Caravel Academy; and Elise Buonopane, from Delaware Military Academy.

The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, accepted Wei-Ling Moloy, from Padua Academy; Kathryn Certesio, from Delaware Military Academy; Nicholas Graham, from Delaware Military Academy; and Lindsey Asbury, from University of Delaware.

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, accepted Alex Angell, from Sussex Technical High School; and Helen Davis, from Indian River High School.