St. Rita Senior Justin O'Connell Nominated for United States Naval Academy

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL 3) announced nominations for 18 students to U.S. military academies during a ceremony in Oak Lawn. Proud parents and students gathered at Johnson-Phelps VFW Post 5220 to receive their nomination letters from the congressman.

“We see fewer and fewer people in our society who really want to make a commitment to others,” Lipinski said. “I think there is no greater commitment one could make then to say they are willing to give absolutely all for their country and millions of people they don’t know.”...

Justin O’Connell, a senior at St. Rita High School and the son of a Chicago Police Officer, was inspired to apply to the United States Naval Academy after speaking with a recruiter at a school college fair. He comes from a long line of family who’ve served in the military.