PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) -- The best and the brightest in Central Illinois met with Congressmen Darin Lahood to celebrate their appointment to the military class of 2022.
The local teens met with Congressman Lahood, in his Peoria office to discuss plans for their future. The Republican Congressmen nominated 23 students for all of the different military academies this year.
Today the Congressman hosted the get-together for the 12 who have been admitted. This included Franny Verville, a running standout and valedictorian from Dunlap who's going to continue her running career at the U.S. Air Force Academy. For the Verville family her acceptance is somewhat of a tradition as her father also attended the Air Force Academy.
According to Congressman Lahood, these students are the cream of the crop and said the social event was meant to honor their service.