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Luján: 2017 Nominees To U.S. Service Academies

on December 3, 2017 - 6:18am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) Thursday announced that he has nominated 29 students from northern New Mexico to enter the United States Service Academies as part of the freshman class of 2018.
 
“Our state has a long tradition of serving our nation in all the branches of our military.  Having the chance to nominate some of New Mexico’s best and brightest young people to our United States Service Academies is a distinct honor for me each year,” Luján said. “I am proud of each and every one of these students, who have demonstrated a commitment to service, the drive to succeed and tremendous dedication to our state and our nation.”
 
Congressman Luján’s 2017 Service Academy nominees include:
 
US Military Academy – West Point, NY
  • Micaela Abeyta – Bloomfield High School – Bloomfield, NM
  • Micah Bibb – School Without Borders High School (Washington DC) – Santa Fe, NM
  • Annika Davenport – Home Schooled – Los Alamos, NM
  • Cameron Kuykendall – Clovis High School – Clovis, NM
  • Christian Lewis – Bloomfield High School – Bloomfield, NM
  • Laureen Naranjo – St. Michael’s High School – Espanola, NM
 
US Naval Academy – Annapolis, MD
  • Angelina Lopez – Rio Rancho High School – Rio Rancho, NM
  • Gabriella Mayes – Rio Rancho High School – Rio Rancho, NM
  • Jacob Thompson – Los Alamos High School – Los Alamos, NM
  • Jacob Torrez – Los Alamos High School – White Rock, NM
  • Landry Truex – Elida High School – Portales, NM
  • Neil Wilkerson – Los Alamos High School – Los Alamos, NM
 
US Air Force Academy – Colorado Springs, CO
  • Andrea Almodover – Rio Rancho High School – Rio Rancho, NM
  • Markus Baumann – Clovis High School – Clovis, NM
  • Justin Cabiltes – Rio  Rancho High School – Rio Rancho, NM
  • Megan Edwards – Clovis High School – Clovis, NM
  • Ashley Gabaldon – Rio Rancho High School – Rio Rancho, NM
  • Lane Hagstom – Farmington High School – Farmington, NM
  • Cassidy Hazell – Farmington High School – Farmington, NM
  • Justin Hostanosas – Rio Rancho High / US Air Force Prep – Rio Rancho, NM
  • Owen Keleher – Albuquerque Academy – Corrales, NM
  • Evan Lau – Rio Rancho High School – Rio Rancho, NM
  • Morgan MacKenzie – Rio Rancho High School – Rio Rancho, NM
  • Corde Mailman – Clovis High School – Clovis, NM
  • Maryssa Martin – Mesa Vista High School – Espanola, NM
  • Jacqueline Alyssa Medalle – Shiprock High School – Shiprock, NM
  • Jordan Melendez – Albuquerque Academy / University of New Mexico – Corrales, NM
  • Joseph Witiuk – Bosque School – Albuquerque, NM
 
US Merchant Marines Academy – Kings Point, NY
  • Tyler Pittman – West Mesa High School – Albuquerque, NM
  
Interviews took place throughout the Third Congressional District in early November. Congressman Luján’s Service Academy Selection Board considered all the applications from the young New Mexicans interested in attending the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
 
Academy nominees submit an application that includes a personal statement, resume, letters of reference, academic transcripts and standardized test scores. Following the interviews, the board makes recommendations to Congressman Luján for his review. If nominated by Congressman Luján, applicants must then meet the individual admission requirements of each academy.
 
The academies will make the final decision as to who will receive an appointment of admission in early 2018. Selection to U.S Service Academies is among the most competitive and rigorous in the country; regardless of the number of qualified applicants each Member of Congress nominates, only a select few from each Congressional District are accepted by the service academies each year – often just 1 or 2 individuals for each academy. Those selected will enter the academies in June 2018.
 
More information on the academy nomination process can be found here: https://lujan.house.gov/academy-nominations/

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