These Shawnee Mission area students earned U.S. service academy appointments

At a sendoff event on Wednesday, local students were recognized for receiving appointments to U.S. service academies. U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids officially nominated each of the appointees and was on hand for the ceremony. Photo by Lucie Krisman

More than a dozen newly graduated Johnson County high schoolers are headed into the first steps of military service.

Making it official: In a celebratory sendoff event hosted by U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids Wednesday, 15 local students received certificates for their appointments to a U.S. service academy or academy prep program, including 6 from the Shawnee Mission area.