Senator Murkowski Announces 2013 Service Academy Nominations

Nominees “Embody Strength of Character and Depth of Knowledge”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Lisa Murkowski today proudly announced the names of 33 Alaska high school seniors she is nominating for appointment to the U.S. military service academies for the class of 2017.

“This year’s group of highly motivated men and women embody the strength of character and depth of knowledge we expect to see in our future leaders – both in the armed forces and in our communities,” Murkowski said. “Each and every year, I am honored to nominate such accomplished Alaskans to our service academies.  Young men and women like them are the reason Alaska’s future is so bright.”

Nominees are selected based on their academic record, extracurricular activities and leadership capacity. Senator Murkowski’s nominees will now compete against other candidates nationwide for a spot in the entering class. Though a congressional nomination to a service academy is an accomplishment within itself, it does not guarantee admission; service academies will make final decisions.

Senator Murkowski’s 2013 Service Academy nominees and their hometowns are:

U.S. Air Force Academy - Colorado Springs, Colorado:

Joel Ackerman, Copper Center*        

Brendan Flynn, Juneau*                    

Mikayla Scarboro, North Pole           

Hannah Sponseller, North Pole          

Joshua Sy, Anchorage                        

Brandon Cameron, Anchorage

Kyle Phillips, Juneau*

Coleman Smith, Palmer

Ethan Stobbe, Kodiak*

Timothy Thornley, Anchorage

U.S. Military Academy – West Point, New York:

Thomas Antal, Fairbanks*                 

Nathanael Beveridge                         

Samantha Everett, Palmer                  

Derick Hanna, Wasilla                       

Jacob Miller, Fairbanks                    

Andrew Banez, Anchorage

Duncan Brewer, Kenai*

Sullivan Gilley, Chugiak*

Luke Heun, Palmer

Delainey Stokes, Fairbanks 

U.S. Naval Academy – Annapolis, Maryland:

McKenzie Barnett, Kodiak                

Kara Butler, Wasilla                           

Brandon Kavalok, Palmer                  

Joseph Rauenhorst, North Pole          

Sawyer Rickman, Soldotna               

Scott Browning, Anchorage

Susumu Jones, Anchorage

Conrad Kress, Anchorage

Mizani Rawhani, Petersburg

 Jeremy Valero, Salcha

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy – Kings Point, New York:

Joel Ackerman, Copper Center                

Duncan Brewer, Kenai                      

Brendan Flynn, Juneau                      

Willa Nagel, Palmer                           

Ethan Stobbe, Kodiak                       

Thomas Antal, Fairbanks 

Tanner Evans, Anchorage

Sullivan Gilley, Chugiak

Kyle Phillips, Juneau

Thomas White, North Pole 

(* Nominee received more than one service academy nomination)