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Smith Announces Nominees to U.S. Service Academies

January 10, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) announced today his nomination of 12 students to the U.S. service academies for the class beginning in the fall of 2019.

Members of Congress have the privilege of nominating young people for admission to the U.S. service academies, which include the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. 

The service academies offer a unique opportunity for motivated students to serve their country while undergoing a rigorous academic and physical regimen. In exchange for tuition, students agree to serve in the U.S. military after graduation.

“Each year, it is my honor to nominate a number of talented young Nebraskans to become the future leaders of our military,” Smith said. “These young people have demonstrated a strong desire to serve their country, dedication to their studies, and commitment to their communities. I wish them well and believe they will serve our country proudly.”

Eric Collazo of Marquette has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Eric, a senior at Aurora High School, is the son of Eric and Nichole Collazo.         

Nicholas Hutsell of Marquette has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Nicholas, a senior at Aurora High School, is the son of Kevin and Renee Hutsell.

Avril Jones of Aurora has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Avril, a senior at Aurora High School, is the daughter of Damien and Sarah Jones.         

Levi Kicken of Gering has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. Levi, a senior at Mount Michael Benedictine School, is the son of Louis and Amy Kicken.

Max Kohmetscher of York has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Max, a senior at York High School, is the son of Scott and Stacy Kohmetscher.

Jackson McFadden of Kearney has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. Jackson, a senior at Kearney High School, is the son of Patrick and Linda McFadden.

Nicholas Novak of Dawson has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Nicholas, a graduate of Humboldt Table Rock Steinauer High School, is the son of Mark and Lorrie Novak.                                                

Gideon Fink of Stratton has been nominated to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. Gideon, a graduate of Dundy County Stratton High School, is the son of Kevin and Renee Fink.              

Lezlie Hausmann of Alliance has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Lezlie, a senior at Alliance High School, is the daughter of Joel and Stephany Hausmann.         

Jordyn Kenkel of Brule has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. Jordyn, a senior at Ogallala High School, is the daughter of Daniel and Julianne Kenkel.

Daniel Merritt of Gering has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Daniel, a graduate of Gering High School, is the son of Ronald and Deborah Merritt.         

Zachary Placek of Alliance has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Zachary, a senior at Alliance High School, is the son of John and Lynn Placek.

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. More information about the nomination process can be found here.  

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