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Palmer Announces U.S. Service Academy Nominations

January 26, 2018
Press Release

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Cate Cullen (202)225-4921

Palmer Announces U.S. Service Academy Nominations

Birmingham, AL – Each December, Congressman Gary Palmer partners with his Academy Advisory Board to interview and nominate outstanding students from Alabama’s Sixth Congressional District for an appointment to our nation’s service academies.  U.S. Service Academy recruiters laud the level of preparedness and exceptional achievements of cadets from this 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 America’s freedoms on air, land and sea.

The application process for most U.S. Service Academies involves receiving a nomination from their U.S. House Representative, U.S. Senator, the Vice President or the President.  These academies include the:  U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY; U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO; U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD; and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY.  Once the nomination is confirmed, each respective academy will review the candidate before making an offer.  Student who enroll become scholar soldiers in some of the most prestigious traditions in America.

This year, 24 students received congressional nominations from Congressman Palmer.  They are as follows:

  • Meron Acker of Heritage International School is nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Collin Armstrong of Vestavia Hills High School is nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy
  • Stephen Barlow of Thompson High School is nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Hayes Cole of Spain Park High School is nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy
  • Lucas Cooper of Oak Mountain High School is nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
  • John Paul Evans of Oak Mountain High School is nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Thomas Graham of Mountain Brook High School is nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
  • Maggie Hargrove of Vestavia Hills High School is nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
  • John Mark Kirkland of Cedarwood Christian Academy is nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Serena Alex May of the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School and Hewitt-Trussville High School, is nominated to the U.S. Military Academy
  • Elliott McElwain of Hewitt-Trussville High School is nominated to the U.S. Military Academy
  • Ashley Mock of Chelsea High School is nominated to U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
  • Lauren Motes of Gardendale High School is nominated to the U.S. Military Academy
  • Elexus Oliver of the U.S. Air Force Preparatory School and Thompson High School is nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Matthew Pickard of Spain Park High School is nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy
  • Ransom Redman of John Carroll Catholic High School is nominated to the U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Naval Academy
  • Maximillian Renfro of The Altamont School is nominated to the U.S. Military Academy
  • Luke Sanders of Evangelical Classical Christian School is nominated to the U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Naval Academy
  • Sarathi Shah of Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School is nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
  • Thomas Smith of Homewood High School is nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy
  • Savannah Stewart of Marion Military Institute and Bibb County High School is nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Naval Academy
  • Johanna Thompson of Marion Military Institute and Our Lady of Good Counsel is nominated to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
  • Will Watson of Gardendale High School is nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Military Academy
  • Hunter Westerlund of Hoover High School is nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy

Congratulations to these accomplished 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 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, proven leadership skills, and be of good moral character.

Back: Ransom Redman, Luke Sanders,  Thomas Graham, John Mark Kirkland, Matthew Pickard, John Paul Evans, Lucas Cooper, Hunter Westerlund

Front: Lauren Motes, Will Watson, Collin Armstrong, Stephen Barlow, Congressman Gary Palmer, Maximillian Renfro, Thomas Smith, Savannah Stewart, Johanna Thompson, Maggie Hargrove

Not Pictured: Meron Acker, Hayes Cole, Serena Alex May, Elliott McElwain, Ashley Mock, Elexus Oliver, Sarathi Shah

 

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