WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that he has nominated 39 students from across the state of Alabama, including four from Shelby 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 Pershing Bell of Birmingham, Alabama, received a nomination to the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is the son of Rosalyn and Anthony Bell and attends Briarwood Christian High School in Birmingham. James Floyd Broderick of Hoover, Alabama, received a nomination to the U.S. Naval Academy. He is the son of Maria and Randy Broderick and attends Spain Park High School. Ian Gerald Howell of Pelham, Alabama, received a nomination to the U.S. Military Academy. He is the son of Dianna and Paul Howell and is a student at Pelham High School. Matthew McCrorie Walton also of Pelham, Alabama, received a nomination to the U.S. Military Academy. He is the son of Stacy and James Walton and currently attends Marion Military Institute.
“I am honored to nominate these four students from Shelby 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 – 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.