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Posted on Mon, Dec 31, 2012 : 11:46 a.m.

3 Ann Arbor, Saline high school students nominated for military service

By Danielle Arndt

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow has nominated three Washtenaw County high school students for placement in the U.S. naval and military academies.


Democratic senator for Michigan, Debbie Stabenow

Michael Bundas from Saline and Samuel Keller and Chandler King from Ann Arbor were among 36 total Michigan students approved by Stabenow’s office for placement.

“It’s exciting that so many exceptional students from our state are willing to serve our country through military service,” Stabenow said in a statement released Friday. “These individuals have demonstrated their excellence in and out of the classroom, and I am confident that they will represent Michigan well.”

Students seeking appointment to a military service academy must obtain a nomination from their U.S. senator, U.S. representative or the country’s vice president in order to be considered for admission.

Bundas and King applied to the U.S. Naval Academy and Keller hopes to attend the U.S. Military Academy. Other students also were nominated for placement in the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Once students receive a nomination, they must be accepted and admitted by the academy to which they have applied.

Danielle Arndt covers K-12 education for Follow her on Twitter @DanielleArndt or email her at



Tue, Jan 1, 2013 : 6:42 p.m.

I did not realize they needed special permission to join the service. I thought it was automatic. Unless you have to have something special to join. Interesting.

Tim Hornton

Tue, Jan 1, 2013 : 7:30 p.m.

They do for the academy. The US is picky who our officers are especially since this is a full scholarship too.

Kristin Judge

Tue, Jan 1, 2013 : 1:50 p.m.

Michael is a true leader in Saline. The boys look up to him for good reason. We are glad our son has had the opportunity to know the remarkable young man and his family. Our Saline Swim and Dive team is not only talented in the water, they are exceptional young men. Congratulations Michael!

Tim Hornton

Tue, Jan 1, 2013 : 3:42 a.m.

Good for these young people. That's going to be 4 years of college on steriods without the fun but also without the student loan debt and at least a good paying job once completed and an awesome resume the rest of their lives. Sacrifice 4 years and reap the rewards the rest of your life and also help destroy terrorists who like to fly planes into buildings and kill 5000 innocent men women and childen.


Mon, Dec 31, 2012 : 10:45 p.m.

You need to fix your headline. They weren't nominated for military service. All one needs for that is to go to a recruiting station and sign on the dotted line. They received service academy nominations. See the difference? And congratulations to these fine young men.


Mon, Dec 31, 2012 : 11:40 p.m.

Arborarmy, I am no longer surprised by the media's ignorance of military terms, customs, ranks, and so on. But congrats to these fine young people!

Jeff Renner

Mon, Dec 31, 2012 : 8:35 p.m.

Congratulations, indeed, to these young people, but the headline is poor. They've been nominated for the military academies, not for military service, although that will follow their graduation.

music to my ear

Mon, Dec 31, 2012 : 7:59 p.m.

thats our boys good luck we are so proud of you and the military we are blessed to have you all !!!!!!


Mon, Dec 31, 2012 : 7:24 p.m.

Congratulations to those receiving nominations. Now get yourselves ready. You're gonna LOVE plebe year. ;-)


Mon, Dec 31, 2012 : 6:20 p.m.

So proud of you Sam Keller!


Mon, Dec 31, 2012 : 4:59 p.m.

Congratulations to these fine young men...........this is a good use of Senator Stabenow's time instead of figuring out what to spend money on next..............