Tuloso-Midway High School senior Kody Lee O'Connell has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Each year, members of Congress nominate exemplary young men and women to the U.S. military service academies. The academies select their freshman classes for the following summer from those nominations.

U.S. Rep Solomon P. Ortiz, D-Corpus Christi, announced his nominations last week for the class of 2012. O'Connell was one of about 12 teens nominated by Ortiz.

Some names were submitted to more than one academy if there was an alternative preference by the candidate, and if space was available at that academy.

"These are brave young South Texans being nominated to the military academies and we are proud of their dedication to our nation," Ortiz said. "Students accepted by the academies receive the finest quality education the armed services of the United States can offer. There can be no higher honor for a young person, their family, and their community than to be selected for a service academy and to serve their country in the U.S. armed forces."