Republican Congressman Rodney Davis has nominated 11 students from Southern and Central Illinois for admittance to the U.S. military academies. The Taylorville native says that the privilege of nominating these students is an honor and that this is just the first step in the process and explains what happens next.

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Henry James Elik, a senior at Alton High School joined Jersey’s Richard Garrett Watson and Cedric Volle from Stauton High has Davis’ nominations to the U.S. Naval Academy. Jersey’s Kristianna Scheffel and Edwardsville High School’s Erika Fulbright for acceptance to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Davis also nominated four others for admittance to West Point.

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