U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Columbus) has nominated 18 high school students to attend the service academies, including three from Upper Arlington who have received nominations to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Columbus) has nominated 18 high school students to attend the service academies, including three from Upper Arlington who have received nominations to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Chosen for the honor were Robert Brownlee, son of Bo and Courtney Brownlee; Matthew Knudson, son of Gregory and Michele Knudson of Upper Arlington; and Jordan Tidwell, son of Gregory and Peggy Tidwell.

Brownlee is a senior at Upper Arlington High School. He has distinguished himself through his academic excellence and by excelling on his high school's football and lacrosse teams.

Knudson, a senior at Westminster High School, a boarding school in Simsbury, Conn., served as a class representative on student council and excels on his school's football, hockey, and lacrosse teams. Additionally, he has been commended for his academic excellence in world history and French.

Tidwell, also a UAHS senior, has achieved Eagle Scout rank, holds a Black Belt in Shotokan Karate-Do, and is a member of his school's cross country team. He also participates in Men's Glee Club, German Club, and his church's youth group.

"I admire the dedication these students are demonstrating in volunteering for service in the U.S. military academies," said Stivers in a statement. "As a service member, I am aware of the demands and challenges they will face in pursuing a career as a military officer."

As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Stivers has the privilege of nominating a limited number of high school students to four of the five service academies: the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marines.

In pursuit of this nomination, Brownlee, Knudson and Tidwell submitted an application and were interviewed by Stivers' military academy review board, which evaluated the finalists on the bases of academic performance, leadership ability, and community involvement.

In addition to the three UA students, the nominees this year are from the following communities: Worthington, Dublin, Marysville, Columbus, Galloway and Hilliard.

To receive a service academy nomination from Congressman Stivers, candidates must be unmarried residents of Ohio's 15th Congressional District, U.S. citizens, and between the ages of 17 and 23.

Qualified persons interested in pursuing a nomination to one of the service academies for the class entering in 2013 should visit www.stivers.house.gov for more information, or call Congressman Stivers' Central Ohio office at (614) 771-4968.