Nicholas Lodovici has some decisions to make.
An 18-year-old senior at Northern High School, Lodovici has received an appointment to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., nominated him for the appointment.
"The selection process for the military academies is very competitive and nominees must demonstrate the highest caliber of academic success, leadership skills and character," Toomey said in a statement. "Nicholas embodies these qualities, and I wish him the best with all his future endeavors."
Lodovici, who is captain of his school's football and wrestling teams, said he also received a nomination to the Air Force Academy through now-retired U.S. Rep. Todd Platts, R-York County.
"The Coast Guard Academy is my dream, but I'm just ecstatic about (the nominations)," he said. "For (Toomey and Platts) to believe I qualify for that is just an honor. I haven't decided yet what I'm going to do."
However, Lodovici, a Dillsburg resident, said that while he's still deciding which institution he will attend, he does know he wants to serve his country.
"I believe that the military serves as an underlining constant in our nation," he said. "Through the military, I have an opportunity for free education and to become a leader. It would feel good to give back to the nation."
Lodovici, who is a certified Little League umpire, said his career dream is to become a pilot in a top 10 flight school.
The student's father, Brian Lodovici, said he's proud of the efforts his son has undertaken to receive academy nominations and to take control of his own destiny.
"I'm proud of his dedication to the process, the academic, doing the essays, not just joining a club, but take a leadership role," Brian Lodovici said. "It kind of makes you happy to see your kids going out for something bigger than themselves. They (know) there's a bigger picture here."
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