U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, R-Pa., nominated Joseph Martz of Hanover to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy for admission to the Class of 2016.

Martz, a student at Delone Catholic High School, is the son of Troy and Mary Martz.

He serves as the school's marching band section leader.

To be appointed to a U.S. service academy, all potential students must first be nominated by a member of Congress or the vice president. Selection criteria include academics, proven leadership and fitness as a military officer.