WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that he has nominated 50 students from across the state of Alabama to attend United States service academies, including five from Baldwin County. Service academies include the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
Samuel Edward Alkema of Fairhope, Alabama, received a nomination to attend the U.S. Military Academy. He is the son of Kathleen and David Alkema and is a student at Bayshore Christian School. James Milton Blane of Orange Beach, Alabama, received a nomination to attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He is the son of Tatiana Blane and a student at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Georgia. Jackson Webb Hutchinson of Fairhope, Alabama, also received a nomination to attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He is the son of Lori and Scott Hutchinson, and he currently attends Fairhope High School. Cody James Mooney of Summerdale, Alabama, received a nomination to the U.S. Naval Academy. He is the son of Ashleigh and Steven Mooney and a student at Fairhope High School. Caiman Wagner of Spanish Fort, Alabama, has received a nomination to the U.S. Military Academy. He is the son of Stacy and John Addington Wagner, IV, and attends Marion Military Institute.
“I am honored to nominate these five exceptional students to the United States service academies,” said Senator Shelby. “They have set themselves apart by exhibiting outstanding character and dedication to academic excellence. I have full confidence that these students will continue to represent Baldwin County and the entire state of Alabama with distinction, and I wish them all the best in their future endeavors.”
In order to be considered for a service academy nomination, applicants must be residents of Alabama and complete the required ACT or SAT exams. They must also provide letters of recommendation, a school transcript, a completed medical examination, and a completed application form found on Senator Shelby’s website.
Although Senator Shelby has nominated these students, the academy to which they received a nomination will make the final admission decision.