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Congressman Mike Bishop

Representing the 8th District of Michigan


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Bishop Congratulates 8 Local Students Heading to U.S. Service Academies

June 6, 2017
Press Release

BRIGHTON, Mich. – On Monday evening, Congressman Mike Bishop recognized eight local high school seniors who were nominated through his office and accepted appointments to attend the nation’s service academies this summer. Seven of the eight students, their families and members of the Eighth District nominating board attended the event.

“Michigan’s Eighth District is sending an outstanding group of students to our nation’s service academies this summer,” said Rep. Bishop. “Our nominees have embraced the qualities of leadership and determination to excel both in and out of the classroom, and it shows in their ability to take on this new challenge. We are so proud of the work they have done and we extend our deepest and most sincere gratitude for their commitment to serve our country.”

Rep. Bishop and nominating board members recognize eight local students heading to our military academies this summer.
Standing, left to right: Col. John Listermann (USMA Alumni), Chuck Sargent (USMA Alumni), U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop, Maxwell Harper (Rochester Hills), Shreyans Munot (Rochester Hills), Jessica Reimchen (Lake Orion), Deane Harimoto (USAFA Alumni). Kneeling, left to right: Sean Wikinson (Williamston), Byron Gallagher (East Lansing), Nicholas Novak (Oxford), Olivia Bennett (Clarkston). Not pictured: Peter Veltigian (Oxford).


The full list of students who were nominated by Congressman Bishop and accepted their appointments includes:

United States Air Force Academy

Maxwell Harper from Rochester Hills, Mich. – Rochester High School

United States Merchant Marine Academy

Sean Wikinson from Williamston, Mich. – homeschooled

United States Military Academy at West Point

Olivia Bennett from Clarkston, Mich. – Flint Powers High School

Shreyans Munot from Rochester Hills, Mich. – Rochester High School

Jessica Reimchen from Lake Orion, Mich. – International Academy

United States Naval Academy

Byron Gallagher from East Lansing, Mich. – Lansing Catholic High School

Nicholas Novak from Oxford, Mich. – Lake Orion High School

Peter Veltigian from Oxford, Mich. – Oxford High School (unable to attend event)


Members of the local nominating board were also in attendance:

  • Dr. Deane Harimoto, Graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy

  • Col. John Listermann, Graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point

  • Chuck Sargent, Graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point