Portsmouth High School senior Lucas “Luke” Purdy has been nominated to two U.S. service academies. Purdy, who was a standout in sports and academics has been nominated to the U.S. Army Academy at West Point and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, located in Kings Point, New York.
“I’m not appointed yet, but it’s a step in the right direction,” Purdy said. “It’s almost as if things are starting to fall together in my aspirations of attending an academy. It only enhances my desire.”
This past weekend, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) delivered remarks at his reception to congratulate the Class of 2017 Service Academy nominees and their families. He thanked Major General Mark Bartman, the adjutant general of the Ohio National Guard, for hosting the ceremony at the Ohio National Guard Headquarters, as well as the Service Academy Review Board members who volunteered their time and energy to assist his office in selecting the best nominees.
Purdy played football, was a member of the swim team and tennis team. He is also president of the senior class.
“After graduating as an Army officer, I would like to go into a career field such as the artillery or infantry and make a career of the military,” Purdy said.
Purdy is the son of Mary and Rob Purdy.
In addition to Purdy, the following people were also nominated to service academies:
Matthew Schuetz: Cincinnati, Ohio; Nominated to the Naval Academy, Stefanie Antrican: Lebanon, Ohio; Nominated to the Air Force Academy, Jared Cox: Cincinnati, Ohio; Nominated to the Naval Academy, Jonathan Gill: Hamilton, Ohio; Nominated to the Air Force Academy, Madeline Friedland: Cincinnati, Ohio; Nominated to West Point, Nathan Thompson: Cincinnati, Ohio; Nominated to the Air Force Academy and Andrew Walsh: Hamilton, Ohio; Nominated to the Naval Academy.
“Our nominees are among the best and the brightest from Ohio, and I would be proud to have them serve our country in the military,” Portman said. “The distinguished members of the Review Board have helped me and our office guarantee that young men and women like the ones we selected this year have a chance to get into one of the service academies, and I am grateful for their tireless and selfless dedication to continuing Ohio’s strong tradition of high acceptance rates.”
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