Thomas M. Forstmeier of Bellefonte Accepts Fully Qualified Appointment to Naval Academy

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today proudly announced the Fully Qualified Appointment of Thomas M. Forstmeier of Bellefonte, Pa., to the U.S. Naval Academy.  The son of Kenneth and Elizabeth Forstmeier, Thomas will join the Academy as a member of the Class of 2016.  

“Thomas is a well-rounded individual who has challenged himself to do the very best in academics and athletics, while also making time to serve his community through volunteer work,” said Representative Thompson. “His years of dedication are paying dividends with acceptance to the Naval Academy, and I wish Thomas the very best in this great new opportunity.”

Thomas was home schooled throughout his high school career, during which he excelled in advanced placement courses earning a 4.0 grade point average, and in 2011 was nominated for the National Merit Scholarship Program.  During his senior year, in the Fall of 2011,  Thomas entered dual enrollment at Penn State University studying calculus and economics.  

An accomplished athlete, Thomas served as captain of the swimming and lacrosse teams at Bellefonte Area High School, and holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.  Thomas is also involved in community service with over three years of volunteer work with local organizations including the Bellefonte Children’s Fair and the Mount Nittany Medical Center.

“Thomas has what it takes to be successful in whatever he chooses to do, and I am confident that he is well prepared to meet the challenges that lie ahead of him at the Naval Academy,” added Thompson. “We wish Thomas well as he begins his journey to becoming an officer in the U.S. Navy.”

Thomas’s paternal grandparents are Marian and the late Hans Forstmeier of Bellefonte, Pa., and maternal grandparents are Ellie and the late Jack Dowling of North Stonington, CT.