Feb 04 2016

Shelby Announces Houston County Nominees to United States Service Academies

WASHINGTON, D. C. – Wednesday, February 3, 2016 – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today applauded Houston County students that he has nominated to the United States service academies.  This year Senator Shelby nominated 35 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 nominate these distinguished students to the United States service academies,” said Senator Shelby.  “These young citizens are among the best and brightest in Alabama as evidenced by their excellent performance both inside and outside the classroom.  It is my honor to recommend them, and I wish them the best of luck in all their future endeavors.  I am confident that they will go on to achieve great things.”

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 Houston County students have been nominated:

  • Elizabeth Brakefield, daughter of William and Jill Brakefield of Dothan, Alabama, and a student at Houston Academy, was nominated to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy.
  • William Vincent, son of Vincent and Leigh Vincent of Dothan, Alabama, and a student at Houston Academy, was nominated to attend the U.S. Naval Academy.
  • Han David Zhang, son of Ti and Cari Zhang of Dothan, Alabama, and a student at Northview High School, was nominated to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Although Senator Shelby nominated these students, the academy to which they were nominated will make the final admission decision.

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