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30 area students receive nomination to attend U.S. Service Academies

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

Birmingham — Congressman Gary Palmer announced that 30 students from Alabama’s Sixth Congressional District have received nominations to attend the U.S. Service Academies. The nominees were recognized at a reception held for them and their families at Vestavia Hills City Hall on Monday.

“Nominating students to the U.S. Service Academies is one of the most serious responsibilities of my job,” Palmer said in a statement. “These young men and women may one day lead our sons and daughters into combat, so I want to make sure that we are sending our best and most qualified to our military academies. It’s always an encouragement to meet so many exceptional, hardworking young people who desire to serve our country. I’m confident that this year’s nominees will represent Alabama proudly and serve America with honor.”

The Service Academy application process requires a nomination from the student’s U.S. House representative, U.S. senator, the Vice president, or the president. The U.S. Service Academies include the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York; the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado; the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. Once the nomination is confirmed, the academy will review the whole candidate to determine admission.  Students who are accepted become scholar soldiers at some of the most prestigious institutions in America.

Each December, Palmer works with his Academy Advisory Board to interview and nominate outstanding students from the Sixth Congressional District for an appointment to one of these service academies. Service Academy recruiters have consistently praised the achievements and preparedness of recruits from Alabama’s Sixth District. Students who are accepted as cadets and midshipmen will be receiving the highest levels of education, athletic conditioning, leadership building, and training to defend the Constitution and America’s freedoms alongside an extensive network of academy alumni.

The students nominated by Palmer this year are as follows:

Meron Acker of United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School is nominated for the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Ethan Adams of Oneonta High School is nominated for the U.S. Military Academy.

Jaden Alexander of Homewood High School is nominated for U.S. Naval Academy.

Baynes Autrey of Mountain Brook High School is nominated for U.S. Naval Academy.

Drake Brown of Hueytown High School is nominated for U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Jackson Bryant of Vestavia Hills High School is nominated for U.S. Naval Academy,

Jay Chang of Hoover High School is nominated for U.S. Military Academy.

Holli Chapman of Mountain Brook High School is nominated for U.S. Military Academy.

Phoebe Cooper of Oak Mountain High School is nominated for U.S. Naval Academy.

Cam Covington of Marion Military Institute is nominated for U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Kyle Curtis of Oak Mountain High School is nominated for U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Jordan Evans of John Carroll Catholic High School is nominated for U.S. Air Force Academy.

Benjamin Fu of Mountain Brook High School is nominated for U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy.

Sam Hendrix of Evangel Christian School is nominated for U.S. Naval Academy.

Libby Jackson of Vestavia Hills High School is nominated for U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy.

Alec Johnston of Mountain Brook High School is nominated for U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy.

Skylar Johnston of Oak Mountain High School is nominated for U.S. Naval Academy.

Sean Kirk of Mountain Brook High School is nominated for U.S. Air Force Academy.

John Mark Kirkland of Marion Military Institute is nominated for U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Kiam Moriya of Indian Springs School is nominated for U.S. Naval Academy.

Noah Nickolson of Vestavia Hills High School is nominated for U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Rachel Price of Westminster School at Oak Mountain is nominated for U.S. Air Force Academy.

Maximillian Renfro of Marion Military Institute is nominated for U.S. Military Academy.

Cooper Reynolds of Westminster School at Oak Mountain is nominated U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Sarathi Shah of Marion Military Institute is nominated for U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Naval Academy.

Thomas Smith of Marion Military Institute is nominated for U.S. Naval Academy.

Natalie Thorn of Hoover High School is nominated for U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Jacob Warner of Spain Park High School is nominated for U.S. Air Force Academy.

Jude Watkins of Evangel Christian School is nominated for U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy.

Meredith Watson of Gardendale High School is nominated for U.S. Military Academy.

“I congratulate these students for this major accomplishment in the Service Academy application process,” Palmer said. “I look forward to seeing what the future holds for each of them.”

Congratulations to these impressive students, who seek to achieve at the highest levels in order to serve our country.  If you or someone you know is interested in attending a military service academy, please visit www.palmer.house.gov and select “Services: U.S. Service Academy Nominations” for more information.  Eligible applicants must be at least 17 years old, a U.S. citizen, have a strong academic background, possess proven leadership skills, and be of good moral character.

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