Three local students have been nominated to military academies by their congressmen.
Jenny Guzowski, a senior at Columbian High School, was nominated for the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., by U.S. Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green. Andrea Wyant, a senior at Fostoria High School, was nominated for the U.S. Air Force Academy by Latta and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. Ethan Brown, at senior at Clyde High School, was nominated for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point by Brown and Latta.
Students who are nominated also have to be accepted to the respective academies before they can attend.
Guzowski said she believes she has a duty to her country, and the best way to fulfill the duty is to go to the Air Force Academy or West Point.
She said she was drawn to the Air Force Academy because of her family history with the academy and her desire to fly airplanes.
Her oldest sister, Mary, graduated from the academy in 2009, and her brother, Peter, graduated from the academy in 2010. Her father, mother, several grandparents and an aunt all have ties to the Air Force, and other relatives served in the Army and Marines.
Guzowski said she learned about her nomination via a letter she received after Christmas. She has applied for admission to the academy.
"I could hear back as late as May," she said.
Guzowski said she plans to enter the military no matter what. She said her first choice is the Air Force, and if that doesn't work out, she will attend West Point.
"Either way, I'm going (into the military). ... I hope to major in chemical engineering," she said.
Wyant said she already has been appointed and plans to attend the Air Force Academy.
Wyant, whose career goal is to become a pilot, said she received her appointment letter last week. She said she received it early and wasn't expecting it.
"It was a bit of a shock," she said.
Brown said he wants to go to West Point because he feels it is the most prestigious college in the country and demands rigorous academic, military and physical standards, which he admires.
He said he believes he received his nomination letter in the middle of December, and it represents the halfway mark of his goal, which is to be accepted.
Brown said he plans to serve the years that are required, and he then either is to continue serving or become a teacher.