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Udall Congratulates New Mexico Nominees to United States Service Academies

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced the 50 New Mexico students who have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy beginning in 2018. 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 an interview with the senator’s Military Academy Service Panels, composed of military and community leaders.
 
“I am excited to congratulate the New Mexico students I have nominated to the United States service academies this year,” Udall said. “These students represent New Mexico’s best and brightest, and I wish them luck as they continue with the admissions process. These exceptional students have demonstrated strong leadership in both their academic and extracurricular endeavors, as well as a commitment to serve — a true testament to their character and motivation. All of the service academies provide an excellent education that prepares students to excel in both military and civilian life. I have no doubt these students will represent New Mexico well as they continue their education and pursue a life of leadership and service.”
 
These students will now compete for admission to their service academy over the coming months. Those admitted will begin classes in the summer of 2018 as members of the class of 2022.
 
The following are the students nominated from New Mexico by academy:
 
United States Military Academy (West Point)
Travis Alarcon of Roswell
Micah Bibb of Albuquerque
Ainsley Burrell of Albuquerque
Robert “Frankie” Coyle of Albuquerque
Annika Davenport of Los Alamos
Cameron Kuykendall of Clovis
Lauren Naranjo of Española
Tyler Pittman of Albuquerque
August Rannow of White Sands
Adam Winters of Albuquerque
 
United States Naval Academy
Henry Berry of Albuquerque
Joseph Heinlein of Tome
Brittany Holden-Rhodes of Placitas
Eric Howe of Albuquerque
Gabriella Mayes of Rio Rancho
Caleb Meyer-Hagen of Albuquerque
Ryan Ortiz of Las Cruces
Thomas Smith of Bosque Farms
Brenden Strickland of Hobbs
Landry Truex of Portales
 
United States Air Force Academy
Andrea Almodovar of Rio Rancho
Justin Cabiltes of Rio Rancho
Jacqueline Cervantes-Vanderlugt of Las Cruces
Benjamin Dallas of Albuquerque
Lucas Donahue of Las Cruces
Alexander Ferenczhalmy of Alamogordo
Marisa Granados of Albuquerque
Justin Hontanosas of Rio Rancho
Sean Jahner of Albuquerque
Adam Kedge of Albuquerque
Angelina Lopez of Rio Rancho
Corde Mailman of Clovis
Maryssa Anita Martin of Española
Elena Martinez of Placitas
Markus Parrish of Albuquerque
Joshua Pavek of Albuquerque
Colton Powell of Cedar Crest
Luca Seazzu of Albuquerque
Madison Varnier of Holloman AFB
Grace White of Albuquerque
 
United States Merchant Marine Academy
Jacob Echevarria of Albuquerque
Megan Edwards of Clovis
Ashley Gabaldon of Rio Rancho
Lane Hagstrom of Albuquerque
Tyler Holder of Los Lunas
Alexis Hunter of Albuquerque
Davis Little of Albuquerque
Morgan MacKenzie of Rio Rancho
Todd Snow of Albuquerque
Joseph Witiuk of Albuquerque

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