WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) today congratulated Stephen Eilts of Wabash on his acceptance into the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Coats nominated Eilts, a senior at Wabash High School, for an appointment to Kings Point.
“There is no greater honor for an American citizen than wearing the uniform in service to the United States,” said Coats. “I congratulate Stephen on this distinguished honor and believe his talents and abilities will make him an outstanding midshipman. I look forward to hearing of his continued success.”
Eilts is a National Honor Society member, active in choir and a swim team member. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Eilts.
Individuals interested in attending a U.S. service academy may apply for and receive nominations from both their U.S. Representative and their two U.S. Senators. Applicants may also apply to the Vice President of the United States, who can nominate applicants at large.
To assist in selecting the most qualified candidates, Coats formed an academy selection committee to review each application packet he received and to select the top applicants for interviews. These interviews were conducted in early December, and Coats nominated final candidates earlier this year.