Jan 30 2015

Shelby Announces Blount, Jefferson, and Shelby County Nominees to U.S. Service Academies

WASHINGTON, D. C. – Friday, January 30, 2015 – U. S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today applauded Blount, Jefferson, and Shelby County students that he has nominated to the United States Service Academies.  This year Senator Shelby nominated 33 students from across the state of Alabama.  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.

“I am proud to announce that these outstanding students have been selected as my nominees to the United States service academies,” said Shelby.  “These young men are among the best and the brightest in Alabama as evidenced by their exemplary performance both inside and outside the classroom.  It is my honor to recommend them, and I wish them the best of luck in all of their future endeavors.”

In order to be considered for 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.

The following Central Alabama students have been nominated:

  • Richard Salser, son of Larry Cleveland and Teresa Salser Moore of Pinson, Alabama, and a student at Mortimer Jordan High School, was nominated to attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
  • Christian Willoughby, son of Harvey and Sharon Willoughby of Blountsville, Alabama, and a student at J.B. Pennington High School, was nominated to attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
  • Jeremy Chow, son of Yueh Chu Chen of Hoover, Alabama, and a student at Hoover High School, was nominated to attend the U.S. Military Academy.
  • Matthew Harris, son of Gregory and Julie Harris of Vestavia Hills, Alabama, and a student at Vestavia Hills High School, was nominated to attend the U.S. Military Academy.
  • Russell Maraman, son of Ralph and Randy Maraman, Jr. of Birmingham, Alabama, and a student at Oak Mountain High School, was nominated to attend the U.S. Military Academy.
  • Eugene Thagard, son of Thomas and Katherine Thagard, III of Mountain Brook, Alabama, and a student at Deerfield Academy, was nominated to attend the U.S. Military Academy.
  • Ruben “Fisher” Watkins, son of James and Amy Watkins of Birmingham, Alabama, and a student at Shades Mountain Independent Church Academy, was nominated to attend the U.S. Military Academy.
  • Brian Poythress, son of Robert and Diane Poythress of Leeds, Alabama, and a homeschooled student, was nominated to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.
  • Thomas Lemons, son of James and Rita Lemons of Hoover, Alabama, and a student at Westminster School at Oak Mountain, was nominated to attend the U.S. Naval Academy.
  • Andrew McMahon, son of William and Anne McMahon of Homewood, Alabama, and a student at John Carroll Catholic High School, was nominated to attend the U.S. Naval Academy.
  • Morgan Whetstone, son of Greg and Melissa Whetstone of Hoover, Alabama, and a student at Spain Park High School, was 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 admission decision.

 

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