U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) recently announced that York County student Aaron Bentzel has received an appointment to a United States Service Academy. Senator Casey nominated Bentzel to attend the United States Merchant Marine Academy as part of the class of 2017. Bentzel was nominated by Senator Casey following an extensive application and interview process. The academies make the final selection for appointments. The academies, which include the U.S. Naval, Air Force, Military and Merchant Marine Academies, offer qualified applicants a unique opportunity to obtain a first-rate college education, as well as the chance to serve our country as a commissioned officer in the United States Military. All nominees are selected on merit, with consideration given to character, leadership potential, extracurricular activities and academic ability.