Rep. Lois Frankel Honors Area Service Academy Nominees

The students with Rep. Lois Frankel’s representatives and other VIPs.

The office of Congresswoman Lois Frankel (D-District 21) honored area high school seniors nominated for the nation’s service academies at a ceremony Monday, Jan. 7 at the Wellington Community Center.

Frankel’s office honored 24 students for their achievements. The decisions were based on academics, community service, athletics, test scores and why they want to serve.

The students included:

Naval Academy — Jonathan Middlebrooks, Boca Raton High School; Faith Southwick, Park Vista High School; Zachary Harmayer, Lake Baddock Secondary School; Bruce Suarez, Forest Hill High School; Joshua Rivera, Park Vista High School; August Russ, homeschool/Palm Beach State College; Cole Smith, Wellington High School; Austin Staats, Park Vista High School; Dominick Ruiz, Wellington High School; and Lillian Putnam, Somerset Academy.

Air Force Academy — Skylar Hansrote, the King’s Academy; Stefan Mesaric, the Dreyfoos School of the Arts; Johan Restrepo, Palm Beach Central High School; Carlie Niedzwiedzki, Wellington High School; Grant Laman, St. Thomas Aquinas; Austin Cornett, Trinity Christian; Jacob Baughman, Suncoast Academy; Kellyann Indyk, Air Force Prep School; and Matthew Core, Air Force Prep School.

West Point — Kiersten Eggers, K-12 Academy; Jeanaoh Jean Baptiste, Palm Beach Central High School; Matthew Hester, Prep School; and Matthew Moore, Prep School.

Merchant Marines Academy — Margaret Brent, Saint Andrew’s School.