Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick on Tuesday honored local high school students who earned his recommendation to the nation's service academies.
The 27 students from across Fitzpatrick's 8th Congressional District were honored in a ceremony at the Bucks County courthouse in Doylestown.
Included among them were Newtown residents Robert Reading, Alexandra Castillejo and Philip Marks.
Each year, the congressman has the opportunity to nominate a select number of students to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
Students must make it through a competitive application process to earn the recommendation for admission to the nation's service academies. They still must complete the application process and be accepted by the individual academies.
Students honored Tuesday include:First Last Town Academy/Academies Natasha Bednarz Yardley US Naval Academy Jacob Price New Britain US Naval Academy US Military Academy Brendan Carty Ferndale US Naval Academy US Military Academy Geoffrey Kuhn Doylestown US Naval Academy US Military Academy US Air Force Academy US Merchant Marine Academy Zachary Kane Doylestown US Naval Academy US Military Academy US Air Force Academy Elizabeth Goldner Langhorne US Naval Academy Christopher Bagnick Chalfont US Naval Academy Kevin Jongeneel New Hope US Naval Academy Ryan Kelly Warrington US Naval Academy Robert Reading Newtown US Naval Academy Matthew Brown Perkasie US Military Academy Daniel Frasch Quakertown US Military Academy Matthew Kasper Holland US Military Academy Jacob Sweed Holland US Military Academy Matthew Weinberg Washington Crossing US Military Academy Jackson Tamasitis Bensalem US Military Academy Jonathan Earp-Pitkins Levittown US Air Force Academy US Merchant Marine Academy Alexandra Castillejo Newtown US Air Force Academy Thomas Loveless Perkasie US Air Force Academy US Merchant Marine Academy Megan Shenk Perkasie US Air Force Academy Anthony Prato Richboro US Air Force Academy US Merchant Marine Academy Anthony Ferraro Philadelphia US Air Force Academy US Merchant Marine Academy Jakob Arentzen Warminster US Air Force Academy US Merchant Marine Academy Sarah Mitchell Oakford US Air Force Academy US Merchant Marine Academy James McCarron Richboro US Merchant Marine Academy Matthew Dott Levittown US Merchant Marine Academy Philip Marks Newtown US Merchant Marine Academy