Feb 04 2021

Shelby Nominates Jefferson County Students to United States Service Academies

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that he has nominated 39 students from across the state of Alabama, including ten from Jefferson 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.
 
Joseph Sean Baxter of Leeds, Alabama, received a nomination to the U.S. Military Academy.  He is the son of Susan and Darryl Baxter and attends Marion Military Institute.  Jonathan Chang of Hoover, Alabama, received a nomination to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.  He is the son of Rachel and Hyun Chang and is currently a student at Hoover High School.  Timothy Luke Eller of Birmingham, Alabama, received a nomination to the U.S. Air Force Academy.  He is the son of Janae and Timothy Eller and is a student at Westminster School at Oak Mountain in Birmingham.  Jacob Alexander Fairbairn of Mountain Brook, Alabama, received a nomination to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.  He is the son of Sherri Fairbairn and attends Mountain Brook High School.  Samuel Taylor Graham also of Mountain Brook, Alabama, received a nomination to the U.S. Naval Academy.  He is the son of Evelyn and Paul Graham and is currently a student at Mountain Brook High School.  Tony Habib Samaha of Vestavia, Alabama, received a nomination to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.  He is the son of Therese and Habib Samaha and attends Vestavia Hills High School.  Elizabeth Riley Vicinanzo also of Vestavia, Alabama, received a nomination to the U.S. Air Force Academy.  She is the daughter of Erin and Matthew Vicinanzo and is a student at Vestavia Hills High School.  Sydney Nicole White of Trussville, Alabama, also received a nomination to the U.S. Air Force Academy.  She is the daughter of Laura and William White and attends Hewitt-Trussville High School.  Matthew Christian Williams, Jr., of Homewood, Alabama, received a nomination to the U.S. Naval Academy.  He is the son of Denise and Matthew Williams and is a student at Homewood High School.  Luke Alan Wolf of Vestavia, Alabama, received a nomination to the U.S. Air Force Academy.  He is the son of Johnnie and Robert Wolf and attends Briarwood Christian Academy in Birmingham. 
 
“I am honored to nominate these excellent students from Jefferson County to various U.S. service academies,” said Senator Shelby.  “Their academic records and achievements outside the classroom ensure that they are equipped to succeed in this new endeavor.  I wish them all 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 – which can be 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.

 

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