Two Phoenixville students appointed to U.S. Air Force Academy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) announced last week the appointments of Steven Ringenbach and Varun Yerram of Phoenixville to the U.S. Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs, Col., for admission to the class of 2018. Sen. Toomey selected Steven and Varun as nominees to the U.S Air Force Academy.

“I am proud to announce the appointments of Steven Ringenbach and Varun Yerram to the U.S. Air Force Academy,” said Sen. Toomey. “The selection process for the military academies is very competitive and appointees must demonstrate the highest caliber of academic success, leadership skills and character. Stephen and Varun embody these qualities, and I wish them nothing but the best.”

Steven, the son of Daniel and Paula Ringenbach, attends Bishop Shanahan High School and is the president of the National Honor Society. Additionally, Steven captains his varsity soccer team and is an Eagle Scout.

Varun, the son of Nranjan and Dr. Sujana Yerram, attends the Hill School where he is a member of the varsity cross country team. Additionally, Varun participated in the Science Olympiad and volunteers at the American Red Cross.


To be appointed to a U.S. service academy, all potential students must first be nominated by either a member of Congress or the vice president. Selection criteria include academics, proven leadership and fitness as a military officer.