Congressman Rutherford honors 43 students nominated to service academies

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Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04) recently announced the nominations of 43 students to be considered for appointments to the United States Air Force Academy, United States Merchant Marine Academy, United States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy.

At a recent ceremony at the University of North Florida, Congressman Rutherford offered a congratulatory message of encouragement and presented each student with a certificate signifying their achievement. Each student completed a rigorous application process and underwent an interview with a panel of former military officers, who are service academy graduates themselves, before being selected for a nomination.  

  “One of the greatest privileges I have as representative is working with inspiring young men and women seeking appointments to one of our national service academies,” Congressman Rutherford said. “These outstanding students are tasked with ensuring America remains the strongest beacon of hope and freedom in the world, and I am confident that those we have nominated possess the leadership, integrity and commitment to represent our country honorably at these prestigious academies. I look forward to supporting these exceptional young leaders as they progress through their careers.”

  Each year, thousands of students from across the country apply to attend the nation’s service academies. Students must undergo a two-step process to receive an appointment to any of the academies. They must apply for a nomination from the president, a congressman or a senator and simultaneously complete the application criteria for admission to the academy. Students who receive both a nomination and are accepted to an academy receive an appointment to the institution.

The students receiving nominations are as follows: 

United States Air Force Academy

Troy David Barber, Allen D. Nease High School

Ashley Nicole Booth, St. Augustine High School 

McAnarney Slater Borngesser, Florida State University

Tatiana Christina Brown, Bartram Trail High School

Joshua Tyler Carson, Creekside High School

Christopher Robert Cavaliere, Ponte Vedra High School 

Justin Wayne Dean, West Nassau High School

Nickola Pierre Khoury, St. Augustine High School

Konnor Day Matthews, Allen D. Nease High School

Connor Joseph McQuade, The Episcopal School

Sinead Georgeanna Morgan, Allen D. Nease High School

Connor William Murphy, The Episcopal School

Brenden Travis Potter, Creekside High School

Andrew Joseph Relihan, Ponte Vedra High School

Daniel Christopher Simonds, First Coast High School

Chloe Arden Surrency, Duncan Fletcher High School

Christopher Peter Sylvester, Bartram Trail High School

Nailah Trinh Nguyen, Sigonella Middle High School

Ashley Faye Weidenbach, USAF Academy Prep School

United States Merchant Marine Academy

Ryan Christopher Bell, Bishop Kenny High School

James Patrick Dotsikas, Jr., Ponte Vedra High School 

Jacob Wynn Follenweider, Bartram Trail High School

Rob Daniel Gray, Fernandina Beach High School

Michael Tyler Morton, Creekside High School

Mason Joshua Ray, Bartram High School

Erin Elizabeth Sass, Allen D. Nease High School

Christopher Peter Sylvester, Bartram High School

Matayo Thomas Trumble, Ponte Vedra High School

Savannah Nichola Wolff, The Episcopal School

United States Military Academy

John David Barksdale, The Episcopal School

McAnarney Slater Borngesser, Florida State University 

Tatiana Christina Brown, Bartram Trail High School

Wiley Braxton Gillam, The Bolles School 

Aunikah Sade King, USMA Prep School

Sinead Georgeanna Morgan, Allen D. Nease High School

Brandon Chee Ming Mum, Allen D. Nease High School

Nathan Christian Pascual, Fernandina Beach High School

Reilly Madison Tarbet, Ponte Vedra High School

Osteen Dragon Theam, The Bolles School

Faith Virginia Twiggs, Fernandina Beach High School

United States Naval Academy

Ryan Christopher Bell, Bishop Kenny High School

Thomas Albert Chown, Stanton College Prep School 

Riley August Dimberg, Ponte Vedra High School

Jesse Harold Gatewood, Embry-Riddle University

Corine Francesca Millis, Naples American High School

Andrew Joseph Relihan, Ponte Vedra High School

Chase Patrick Rivera, The Bolles School

Erin Elizabeth Sass, Allen D. Nease High School

Daniel Christopher Simonds, First Coast High School

Riley Mae Smith, Bishop Ireton High School

Reilly Madison Tarbet, Ponte Vedra High School

Eleanor Evelyn Vandegrift, The Providence School

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