Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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December 22, 2013

Reception honors military academy nominees

EFFINGHAM — Some of the area's best and brightest were honored by Congressman U.S. John Shimkus in Effingham Sunday during a reception for military academy nominees.

     Shimkus, a former West Point graduate, informed the nominees of the opportunities they will receive if they are chosen by the academies for admission. Sharing his own experience of being one of seven children with a stay-at-home mother and a blue collar father, Shimkus was extremely pleased with the “quality of education” and “opportunity to travel the world” that West Point offered him.

     “These are some of the best we have in the country,” he said of the nominees.

     In the 15th Congressional District, which Shimkus serves, 22 were chosen for consideration. Area nominees include Joshua Campbell of Dieterich, Noah Dart of Newton, James Davis of Dieterich, Landon Ghast of Newton, Matthew Sefton of Brownstown and Matthew White of Shelbyville.

For more, see Monday's print edition.

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