Heinrich Announces Nominees To The United States Service Academies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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 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 Sen. 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."

Our nation's 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 Merchant Marine Academy, and the 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 nomination through Senator Heinrich's office: 

United States Military Academy at West Point, New York

Micaela Abeyta of Bloomfield
Andrea Almodovar of Rio Rancho
Micah Bibb of Washington
Ainsley Burrell of Albuquerque
Jacqueline Cervantes-Vanderlugt of Las Cruces
Robert Coyle of Albuquerque
Annika Davenport of Los Alamos
Jacob Echevarria of Albuquerque
Lauren Jaramillo of Los Lunas
Cameron Kuykendall of Clovis
Christian Lewis of Bloomfield
Tomas Lujan of Albuquerque
Elena Martinez of Placitas
Caleb Meyer-Hagen of Albuquerque
Lauren Naranjo of Espanola
August Rannow of White Sands Missile Range
Jacob Thompson of Los Alamos
Jacob Torrez of White Rock

United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland
Joseph Heinlein of Tome
Ryan Ortiz of Las Cruces
Tyler Pittman of Albuquerque
Jamini Sahu of Albuquerque
Brenden Strickland of Hobbs
Landry Truex of Portales
Neil Wilkerson of Los Alamos
Gabriella Mayes of Rio Rancho
Hardy Stone of Albuquerque
Sara Vianco of Albuquerque

United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado

Benjamin Dallas of Albuquerque
Lucas Donahue of Las Cruces
Jacob Echevarria of Albuquerque
Alexander Ferenczhalmy of Alamogordo
Ashley Gabaldon of Rio Rancho
Marisa Granados of Albuquerque
Lane Hagstrom of Farmington
Cassidy Hazell of Farmington
Sean Jahner of Albuquerque
Samuel Kress of Albuquerque
Evan Lau of Rio Rancho
Davis Little of Albuquerque
Angelina Lopez of Rio Rancho
Jordan Melendez of Corrales
Markus Parrish of Albuquerque
Colton Powell of Cedar Crest
Jamini Sahu of Albuquerque
Zachary Sletten of Albuquerque
Madison Varnier of Holloman AFB

United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York

Lauren Jaramillo of Los Lunas
Davis Little of Albuquerque
Gabriella Mayes of Rio Rancho
Markus Parrish of Albuquerque
Joshua Pavek of Albuquerque
Colton Powell of Cedar Crest
August Rannow of White Sands Missile Range
Hardy Stone of Albuquerque
Sara Vianco of Albuquerque
Grace White of Albuquerque