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Heinrich Announces Nominees To The United States Service Academies

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced his nominees to the United States Service Academies. A nomination is required to attend 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; the U.S. Coast Guard Academy does not require a nomination. Being nominated is a significant honor. The application process is rigorous, and only the most qualified and meritorious candidates receive a nomination.

"Our service academies provide exceptional education and training that prepare students for leadership roles in our armed forces as well as the skills needed to succeed after their military service," said Heinrich. "I'm pleased to announce and congratulate this year's nominees–these students have shown incredible initiative and I commend them on their commitment to serve our country."

The United States Service Academies offer four-year college educations to qualified students. Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy receive commissions in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Merchant Marine, or Coast Guard, and are obligated to serve for at least five years after graduation.

The following students received nominations through Senator Heinrich's office:

United States Military Academy at West Point, New York
Edward Brady of Las Cruces
Amanda Garcia of Rio Rancho
Cameo Griego of Albuquerque
Christian Howard of Albuquerque
Lily Johnson of Albuquerque
Cruz Kaufman of Las Cruces
Maksymilian Olszowka of Albuquerque
Faris Wald of Santa Fe
Matthew Watlington of Albuquerque
Keiko Yamamoto of Albuquerque

United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland
Victoria DeMersseman of Albuquerque
Golden Finch of Albuquerque
Darien Garcia of Edgewood
Sophia Haag of Albuquerque
Robert Montoya of Bayard
Harrison Morrow of Albuquerque
Lauren Morrow of Albuquerque
Elijah Myers of Las Cruces
Andrew Saiz of Los Lunas
Ryan Sanchez of Albuquerque

United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado
Mohammad Abdullah of Belen
Sarah Fischer of Rio Rancho
Joseph Godshall of Albuquerque
Sophia Haag of Albuquerque
Jadyn Jeantete-Gonzales of Rio Rancho
Cameron Lee of Albuquerque
Hunter Mamawal of Albuquerque
Teresita Salas of Rio Rancho
Casey Savage of Albuquerque
Wyatt Ziehe of Albuquerque

United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York
Eliana Armstrong of Albuquerque
Jacob Edington of Albuquerque
Cameo Griego of Albuquerque
Tyler Jenson of Rio Rancho
Mike Mayers of Albuquerque
Aidan McKinley of Albuquerque
Lauren Morrow of Albuquerque
Maximilian Pasulka of Santa Fe
Casey Savage of Albuquerque
Boden Tryer of Albuquerque