Ernst Nominates 31 Iowans for Admission to U.S. Service Academies

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U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a combat veteran and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, today announced United States Service Academy nominations for 31 young Iowans from across the state.

“As a company commander who served over 23 years in our nation’s military, and mother of a West Point cadet, I am honored to nominate these Iowa students for admittance to our U.S. Service Academies,” said Senator Ernst. “Each and every one of these outstanding young leaders has demonstrated tremendous skill and commitment to establishing a career in our military. This nomination is an important step in the admissions process, and I’m proud to support these students in their goal of serving our country in uniform.”


Every year, Ernst nominates Iowa students to the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. To learn more about the service academy nomination process, click here.

Below is a complete list of the students nominated by Senator Ernst for the Class of 2025.

United States Air Force Academy

Landon Adkins – Davenport

Rylie Anderson – Bondurant

Chloe David – Granger

Jacob Hrasky – Treynor

Austin Kruzich – Nevada

EmmaKay McClain – Bayard

Elizabeth Peters – Iowa City*

John Schillinger – North Liberty

Megan Sterbenz – Grimes

Kitty Walden – Sioux City

United States Military Academy

Nicholas Bandy – Dubuque

Sophia Dykstra – Oskaloosa

Noelle Grau – United Kingdom**

Emma Holesinger – Dubuque

Luke Jefferson – Le Claire*

Alexander Meier – Le Mars

Cavan O’Hara – Robins

Anthony Schmitz – Pella

Luke South – Linden

Sam Wilson – Carlisle

United States Merchant Marine Academy

Joshua Davis – Dubuque*

Zayna Dickson – Urbandale

Samantha Foht – Davenport*

Luke Jefferson – Le Claire*

Elizabeth Peters – Iowa City*

United States Naval Academy

Ashish Abraham – Bettendorf

Julianne Berry-Stoelzle – Iowa City

Joshua Davis – Dubuque*

Samantha Foht – Davenport*

Nathan Ketelsen – Charlotte

Nicholas McGowan – Sioux City

Andrew Riley – Des Moines

Nathan Sell – Council Bluffs

Benjamin Toyne – Victor

Sophia Utsinger – Bettendorf

*The admissions process to the service academies is highly competitive, and Senator Ernst encourages students to apply for more than one academy. This denotes students who are being nominated for both their first and second choice of service academy.

**Originally from West Des Moines


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