WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that he has nominated 58 students from across the state of Alabama, including three from Mobile 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 U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
Rodney Wesley Cooke III of Mobile, Alabama, received a nomination to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He is the son of Kerri and Rodney Cooke and is a student at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School. William Ryan Sayler also of Mobile, Alabama, received a nomination to the U.S. Military Academy. He is the son of Elizabeth and Brian Sayler and is also a student at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School. Melanie Nicole Yell of Wilmer, Alabama, also received a nomination to the U.S. Military Academy. She is the daughter of Elizabeth and Brian Yell and attends the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School.
“I am honored to nominate these three excellent students from Mobile County to various U.S. service academies,” said Senator Shelby. “Their academic records and achievements outside the classroom ensure they are equipped to succeed in this new endeavor. I wish them the best of luck in this next chapter and look forward to their future accomplishments.”
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, an official school transcript, a qualifying 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.