WASHINGTON — Members of Congress recently nominated Alliance High School seniors Zachary Placek and Lezlie Hausmann to U.S. Military Service Academies.

Placek has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy by U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.); to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY, and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., by Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE); and to the U.S. Naval Academy by U.S. Senator Ben Sasse. Placek is the son of John and Lynn Placek.

“We are blessed to have young leaders, like Zachary, who work hard and place a priority on serving our communities. Nebraskans across our state should be proud – and, it is an honor to make this nomination,” said Sasse.

Smith also nominated Hausmann, to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. She is the daughter of Joel and Stephany Hausmann.

Fisher announced 32 appointments for the Class of 2023, tapping Levi Kicken, Gering, to the U.S. Military Academy, the other Panhandle student on the list.

Smith (R-NE) announced his nomination of 12 students to the U.S. service academies for the class beginning in the fall of 2019. Applicants met personally with Smith’s Academy Advisory Committee and were evaluated on academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, career motivation, personal traits, letters of recommendation, essays, and personal interviews.

Every year, members of Congress of nominate a select group of eligible individuals from their states for enrollment at the five U.S. Military Service Academies: the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, the United States Coast Guard Academy, the United States Military Academy, and the United States Naval Academy. Once a student receives a nomination, their application process within the respective service academy begins.

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