Feb 13 2008

Shelby Announces Nominees to U.S. Service Academies from the Montgomery Area

U. S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today applauded Elmore and Montgomery County students who were nominated to the United States Service Academies.  The service academies include the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

“Furthering one’s education at our nation’s service academies is remarkable,” said Shelby.  “These students have shown exemplary performance in the classroom and in their extracurricular activities.  The selection process for the academies is extremely competitive, and I am pleased to be able to nominate a number of students from the Montgomery area.”

Service academy nominees must be residents of Alabama and must complete the required ACT and SAT exams.  Applicants are also required to provide letters of recommendation, their school transcript, completed medical examination and the required application form.

The following Montgomery area students have been nominated:

·Matthew McDonald, son of Steven and Edith McDonald of Killen, and a student at Brooks High School, has been nominated to attend the Merchant Marine Academy.

·Okezie Ezekannagha, son of Nworah and Francine Ezekannagha of Montgomery, and a student at the U.S. Air Force Preparatory School, has been nominated to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy.

·Austin Pershke, son of Sharon Pershke of Killen, and a student at Brooks High School, has been nominated to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy.

·Sierra Brown, daughter of James Brown, of Rosamond, California and Holly Brown of Trussville, and a student at the University of Mississippi, has been nominated to attend the U.S. Naval Academy.

Although Senator Shelby nominated these students, the academy to which they were nominated will make the final selection.