Udall Nominates Two Los Alamos Students to United States Service Academies

WASHINGTON, D.C., – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has announced that 45 New Mexico students have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy beginning in 2014, including Matthew Davenport and Alexander Kirkland of Los Alamos.
“It is my honor to congratulate the students I have nominated to the service academies this year,” Udall said. “These students have distinguished themselves both in and out of the classroom, and they represent some of New Mexico’s best and brightest. I am proud that they want to dedicate their talent and leadership in service to our country. Those who enroll at any of the service academies will receive an excellent education, and have numerous leadership opportunities to excel in both military and civilian life. I wish these students the greatest success in their future endeavors, and I am confident they will represent New Mexico well.” 
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. To receive a nomination from Udall, students completed a competitive application process which included an interview with his Military Academy Service Panels, comprised of military and community leaders. 
These students will now compete for admission to their service academy over the coming months. Those admitted will begin classes in the summer of 2014 as members of the class of 2018.  
The following are the students nominated from Northern New Mexico by academy:
United States Air Force Academy

  • Matthew Davenport of Los Alamos

United States Naval Academy

  • Alexander Kirkland of Los Alamos
  • Henry Baer of Santa Fe
  • Charles Linder of Las Vegas
United States Merchant Marine Academy
  • Eugene Palermo of Santa Fe

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