Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 17th District of Pennsylvania
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Congressman Cartwright Announces 2017 Service Academy Nominations for Schuylkill County

Mar 9, 2017
Press Release

Scranton, PA – Today, Congressman Matt Cartwright proudly announced the nomination of 2 students from Schuylkill County for appointments to the United States Service Academies.  Each student nominated by Congressman Cartwright will go through the academies' competitive application process.  If offered an appointment, the students will join their respective academy's class of 2021.

“It is my distinguished honor to nominate these exceptional young women as candidates for appointments to our esteemed United States Service Academies,” Cartwright said.  “Each student nominated is among the best and brightest of northeastern Pennsylvania, and they represent the next generation of great American leaders.”

Cartwright continued, “I want to thank these outstanding young adults for their willingness to commit to service to their country.  They give me hope that our best days are surely ahead.”
Cartwright’s class of 2021 U.S. Service Academy nominees from Schuylkill County include:

Mya Hudepohl, New Ringgold, PA

Mya is a senior at Blue Mountain High School in Schuylkill Haven, PA. Mya is the daughter of Robert and Amy Hudepohl.  At school Mya is a member of the tennis, swimming, and track & field teams. She is also an aquatics counselor and lifeguard for the Boy Scouts Camp.  Mya has been nominated to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD, as well as the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO.

Monika Shimko, Tamaqua, PA

Monika is a senior at Tamaqua Area High School in Tamaqua, PA. Monika is the daughter of Joe and Kimberly Shimko. At school, she is a member of the Biology Club, Physics Club, Spanish Honor Society, and the National Honor Society. She is also a member of the Tri-Music Honor Society and the marching band. Monika has also been a captain of the cross country team, the track team, and has been voted the Pottsville Republican’s 2016 Track Athlete of the Year. Monika has been nominated to the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.