WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that he has nominated 41 students from across the state of Alabama, including five from Baldwin 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.
William Dobbins of Bay Minette, Alabama, received a nomination to attend the U.S. Naval Academy. He is the son of Kathryn and William Dobbins and is a student at Baldwin County High School. Joshua Gardner of Daphne, Alabama, also received a nomination to attend the U.S. Naval Academy. He is the son of Alison Ward and Jeffrey Gardner and a student at Baldwin County Virtual School. Michelle Renee Roca of Spanish Fort, Alabama, received a nomination to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy. She is the daughter of Theresa and Cesar Roca, and currently attends McGill-Toolen Catholic High School. Caiman Addington Wagner of Spanish Fort, Alabama, received a nomination to the U.S. Military Academy. He is the son of Stacy and John Wagner IV, and a student at Spanish Fort High School. John Marshall Williams of Fairhope, Alabama, has received a nomination to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He is the son of Eleanor and Eric Williams and attends Fairhope High School.
“I am proud to nominate these remarkable students to the United States service academies,” said Senator Shelby. “These five students from Baldwin County 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.