December 19, 2008

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Hinchey announces military academy nominations

WASHINGTON - Congressman Maurice Hinchey has announced his nominees to the U.S. service academies for the Class of 2013. 

After a thorough application process in which his office reviewed numerous applications, Hinchey selected 16 local high school students whom he believes would excel at the U.S. Air Force, Merchant Marine, Military, and Naval Academies. 

"It is an honor for me to nominate these 16 bright, talented leaders from our area to our nation's service academies," Hinchey said. "These young men and women have an extraordinary future ahead of them and I am very confident that they have they will serve our country with distinction.  Our military academies have a long record of producing some of our country's finest leaders and I believe that this group of students will expand that record.  I wish all of them the very best with the rest of the application process.

The selection process for the nominees was based on each student’s scholastic record, physical fitness, extracurricular activities, professional recommendations and a personal interview.  The process is highly competitive and the admissions departments of the military academies solely determine decisions on final acceptance.


       U.S. Military Academy                                  U.S. Naval Academy

       Zachary Ciurczak, Kingston                              Phoebe Kotlikoff, Ithaca

       Andrew Galazzo, Walker Valley                       Richard Nagel, Middletown

       David Geer, Binghamton                                   Kyle M. Wise, Kingston

       Opeyemi Ifafore, Middletown

       Joseph R. Kulp III, Vestal                                 U.S. Air Force Academy

       Matthew Mulvihill, Middletown                          Sebastian Constable, Cragsmoor

       Joy Palmer, New Paltz                                       Joseph Hollway, Highland

       Nicholas Peterson, Saugerties

       Thomas J. Riley III, Newburgh                         U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

       Jordan A. Smith, Kerhonkson                            Ursula Holm, Owego


Members of the House and Senate may nominate eligible candidates for appointments to the nation's service academies. Senators nominate applicants statewide, while representatives, such as Hinchey, nominate applicants only from their congressional district.


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