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Posted on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 12:49 p.m.

More Washtenaw County students nominated to attend U.S. military academies

By Danielle Arndt

U.S. Congressman Tim Walberg has nominated seven high school students from Ann Arbor, Dexter and Saline for admission to U.S. military and naval academies.


U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg

Walberg, of Michigan’s 7th District, nominated a total of 20 students. Two of the students whom he recommended also previously were nominated by U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow — Samuel Keller and Chandler King of Ann Arbor.

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

In a media release, Walberg called nominating “such bright and driven students” a privilege.

“(At the academies,) they will be challenged mentally and physically, but I am confident in their ability to continue making us proud and one day join our nation’s finest servicemen and women,” he said.

The Washtenaw County students Walberg nominated are:

  • Austin Deal, Saline High School, U.S. Naval Academy
  • Samuel Keller, Skyline High School, U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • Chandler King, Ann Arbor, U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Sefan Koberl, Saline High School, U.S. Naval Academy
  • Nathaniel Mellifont, Dexter High School, U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • Paul Ruble, Dexter High School, U.S. Naval Academy
  • Nicholas Wei, Skyline High School, U.S. Naval Academy

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



Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 11:57 p.m.

The service academies are no longer what they once were--whenever that was. As academic institutions, purely, they are not near the top private or public institutions.


Thu, Jan 24, 2013 : 11:59 p.m.

Considering your source, Glacial, is there any wonder why the opinion is less than stellar?

Great Lakes Lady

Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 3:34 p.m.

Yes, "GoNavy" editorial of an English professor who dislikes football.....and doesn't understand the value of athletics in universities.....and who probably would prefer to eliminate all athletics and add more English lit courses.....etc....


Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 1:26 p.m.

Your entire understanding of service academies is based on the opinion article of this one professor? How many other institutions in this world do you make summary judgments of based on singular opinion articles? Anyways, it is impossible to view a service academy as a "purely academic institution," because they were never meant to be viewed in such a way. Academics counts for only 50% of ones final evaluation upon graduation. The rest is comprised essentially of the cumulative score earned over four years of becoming a military officer - a sort of "military performance score."

Rick Stevens

Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 10:51 p.m.

At least Walberg isn't doing too much harm to the country with these kind of benign activities. The longer as we can keep him from destroying the country with his craziness, the better.

Dog Guy

Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 9:15 p.m.

What country are you from, ahi? The U.S. military and naval academies are not colleges just as an aircraft carrier is not a yacht.


Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 2:25 p.m.

@Dog Guy, if I am reading your analogy correctly, you are stating that the Academies must be (and are) like super-colleges, as an aircraft carrier is a super-boat.


Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 10:11 p.m.

Is that a joke? They are two of the most selective colleges in the nation. Good luck getting into one. GoNavy "99"


Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 7:15 p.m.

Kind of a silly requirement these days. It's not like Walberg knows any more about these students than the admissions office.


Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 2:11 p.m.

It's not like Walberg knows ANYTHING, period.


Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 10:54 p.m.

No more than your employer knew about you before you were hired. They do conduct interviews and examine "resumes," if such a thing produced by a 17 year old even means anything.