From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced the 44 New Mexico students who have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy beginning in 2019, including Jacob Torrez and Neil Wilkerson of Los Alamos and six other students from Northern and Northwestern New Mexico.
A congressional, vice-presidential, or service-connected nomination is required for admission to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Students receiving Udall’s nomination completed a competitive application process, which included interviews with the senator’s Military Academy Service Panels, comprised of active duty service members, veterans and community leaders.
“The United States service academies provide a top-notch education and unparalleled opportunities for students to excel in both military and civilian life, and it is my honor to congratulate the New Mexico students I have nominated to the service academies this year,” Udall said. “These exceptional young people have demonstrated strong leadership in both their academic and extracurricular activities, along with a commitment to serve – a true testament to their character and motivation. They represent some of New Mexico’s best and brightest, and I wish them luck as they move on to the next phase of the admissions process. I am confident they will represent New Mexico well as they continue their education and pursue a life of leadership and service.”
Nominated students will now compete for admission to their service academy over the coming months. Those admitted will begin classes in the summer of 2019 as members of the class of 2023.
The following are the students nominated from the Northern and Northwestern New Mexico area by academy:
United States Naval Academy
- Jacob Torrez of Los Alamos
- Neil Wilkerson of Los Alamos
- Dominic Morgan of Santa Fe
- Joshua Valdez of Las Vegas
United States Military Academy (West Point)
- Corbyn Foster of Farmington
- Pierce Gannon of Madrid
United States Air Force Academy
- Gunnar Schwab of Farmington