MONTVILLE, NJ - Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen held a reception Saturday for the young people in his district who have been nominated to attend military service academies at the Montville Public Library.

Applying to these academies, West Point (Army), Annapolis (Navy), Air Force, and the Merchant Marine Academy is a rigorous, multi-step process. Garnering a nomination does not guarantee admission but it is a necessary and perhaps the most sought after honor involved.

Three Chatham High School seniors, James Coyne, Caroline Duemling and Paul Malatesta, plus one alum, Pranay Mala, received this honor. It is unusual for one school to have multiple nominees.

Representative Frelinghuysen addressed the young nominees with emotion calling their selection one of the most important parts of his job and describing these youth as “the best of America.” Duemling and Malatesta received nominations to the United States Naval Academy and Coyne received a nomination for the United States Air Force Academy.