Two northeast Johnson County residents nominated to U.S. service academies

Sen. Jerry Moran has nominated two young men from Northeast Johnson County to the U.S. service academies, Luke Kuklenski (left) and William McConwell.
Sen. Jerry Moran has nominated two young men from Northeast Johnson County to the U.S. service academies, Luke Kuklenski (left) and William McConwell.

Luke Kuklenski of Prairie Village and William McConwell of Fairway have been nominated to the U.S. military service academies by Sen. Jerry Moran.

Both young men met with Moran recently at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene. Kuklenski and McConwell were among 40 young Kansans considered by Moran’s Service Academy Selection Board.

Kuklenski, the son of Edward and Missy Kuklenski, is a senior at Rockhurst High School. McConwell, the son of Ed and Amy McConwell, is a senior at Pembroke Hill School.

Moran’s nomination is the first step for consideration by one of the U.S. service academies: the Military (Army) Academy, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy or the Merchant Marine Academy. The academies will then determine whether to extend an offer of admission.

Academy nominees submit an application that includes a personal statement, resume, letters of reference, academic transcripts and standardized test scores. The academies will make a final decision on who will receive an appointment in early 2017. Those selected will enter in June 2017.

“Meeting with bright, young Kansans who hope to serve our country is something I look forward to every year,” Moran said in a satement. “I applaud the hard work and preparation of these students and hope to see them succeed for years to come.”