Smith Announces Nominees to U.S. Service Academies

Nov 22, 2011 Issues: Defense, Education, Veterans

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) today announced his nomination of the following students to the U.S. Service Academies for the class entering the fall of 2012:

Jack Anderson, son of Scott and Michael Ann Anderson, is a senior at Kearney High School in Kearney.  He has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.

Shane Bloom, son of Kevin Bloom, is a senior at Wilber-Clatonia High School in Wilber.  He has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York.

Brett Brokaw, son of Scott and Barbara Brokaw, is a senior at Grand Island Central Catholic High School in Grand Island.  He has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, and the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Cale Brown, son of Mark and Jill Brown, is a senior at Hitchcock County High School in Trenton.  He has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, and the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York.

Joseph Burr, son of Charles and Kathy Burr, is a senior at Holdrege High School in Holdrege.  He has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Michael Cox II, son of Michael Cox, is a senior at Sutton Public School in Sutton.  He has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York.

Kyle Cuddeford, son of Gary and Deena Cuddeford, is a senior at Adams Central Junior/Senior High School in Hastings.  He has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.

Kara Hovseth, daughter of Dan and Lori Hovseth, is a 2008 graduate of Gering High School in Gering. She has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

Thomas Jacobs, son of Travis and Maryanne Jacobs, is a senior at Gering High School in Gering.  He has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Dalton Meier, son of Fank and Terri Meier, is a senior at Elm Creek Public School in Elm Creek.  He has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado

Troy Nelson, son of Terry and Kristine Nelson, is a senior at Gordon-Rushville High School in Lakeside.  He has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.

Greg Nordhues, son of Bob and Patti Nordhues, is a Freshman at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.  He has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.

Michaela Schlesinger, daughter of Mary Schlesinger, is a senior at Blue Hill High School in Blue Hill.  She has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.

Thomas Swanson, son of John and Rachel Swanson, is a senior at Grand Island Senior High School in Grand Island.  He has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Colt Washa, son of David and Melanie Washa, is a senior at Ogallala High School in Ogallala.  He has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.

Kyle Wojtalewicz, son of Phil and Barbara Wojtalewicz, is a senior at Grand Island Senior High School in Grand Island.  He has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.

Applicants met personally with Smith’s Academy Advisory Committee and were evaluated on academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, career motivation, personal traits, letters of recommendation, essays, and personal interviews.  Each Academy will make a determination regarding appointments by April of next year.

“Having the opportunity to attend one of the U.S. Service Academies is an honor and a huge commitment,” said Smith. “All of these accomplished individuals have shown the dedication and temperament necessary to become the future leaders of our military. I wish each of them the very best and my thanks for their service to our country. ”

 

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