Joins two other Kankakee County youth eager to serve the nation
Congresswoman Robin Kelly announced today that Bourbonnais resident Keeley Schwada has been offered an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
“Keeley possesses the patience and tenacity to become an outstanding Naval officer,” Congresswoman Kelly said. “More women in leadership roles across our military and our government can only make American stronger. I have great faith that our younger generation has the know-how and resolve to confront the national security challenges of the 21st Century.”
The daughter of Paul and Kendra Schwada, she is a graduate of Bradley-Bourbonnais High School, where she was captain of the tennis team, a member of the National Honor Society, sang in the chorus, and played the lead role of Annie in the school production of “Annie.”
After Congresswoman Kelly first nominated Schwada last year, she was invited to attend the Naval Academy Preparatory School. Rep. Kelly re-nominated Schwada this year as a prep school graduate, and she was accepted to the Academy.
Schwada is the third Kankakee County resident to be offered an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. In February, Chase LaRoche of Kankakee High School, and Vaughn Studer of Bishop McNamara Catholic High School were accepted into the academy.