Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) recognized the 2016 service academy appointees and student Congressional Medal of Merit recipients from Michigan’s Third District at the Grand Rapids Art Museum on Saturday, April 30.
“I am honored to recognize these deserving students for their outstanding achievements. I wish them great success in their future endeavors,” said Amash.
Applicants to the service academies require a nomination from an authorized nominating source, which includes members of Congress. To assist with the nominating process, Amash assembled a committee of military and civic leaders who reviewed applications, interviewed potential nominees, and made recommendations.
In addition to the nine service academy appointees recognized, Amash honored 39 students with the Congressional Medal of Merit. The Congressional Medal of Merit recognizes high school seniors who have demonstrated exemplary citizenship and academic excellence. Recipients were nominated by their principals or guidance counselors.
In our coverage area, there were two students recognized as Congressional Medal of Merit recipients: Alyssa Bonk, of Algoma Christian School; and Kyle Ross Spahr, of Cedar Springs High School. Spahr was unable to attend the ceremony.