WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that he has nominated 41 students from across the state of Alabama, including three from Tuscaloosa County, to attend United States service academies. Service academies include the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
Nicholas Taylor Blakney of Northport, Alabama, received a nomination to attend the U.S. Naval Academy. He is the son of Labrisca and Nick Blakney and a student at Tuscaloosa County High School. Stevan Craig Fairburn, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, received a nomination to the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is the son of Kristy and Craig Fairburn and a student at Northridge High School. Christian Michael Giggie of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, received a nomination to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is the son of Marisa and John Giggie and attends Greystone Service Academy Preparatory School.
“I am proud to nominate these remarkable students to the United States service academies this year,” said Senator Shelby. “Nicholas Blakney, Stevan Fairburn, and Christian Giggie are among the best and brightest in Alabama as evidenced by their performance both inside and outside the classroom. I am confident that they will go on to accomplish great things. It is my honor to recommend them, and I wish them success 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 nominated these students, the academy to which they received a nomination will make the final admission decision.