Feb 24 2004

SHELBY ANNOUNCES NOMINEES TO UNITED STATES SERVICE ACADEMIES

Students from Madison, Jackson, DeKalb, Limestone Counties have been Nominated

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) today applauded several North Alabama students who were nominated to the United States Service Academies. 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.

Senator Shelby said, “Furthering one’s education at our nation’s service academies is remarkable. These students have shown exemplary performance in the classroom and in their extracurricular activities. The selection process for the academies is extremely competitive, and I am pleased that a number of students from North Alabama have been nominated.”

Service academy nominees must be residents of Alabama and must complete the required ACT and SAT exams. Applicants are also required to provide letters of recommendation, their school transcript, completed medical examination, and the required application form.

The following students from North Alabama have been nominated:

Matthew Baird, son of William and Cassie Baird of Madison, and a student at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, has been nominated to the United States Military Academy.

• Phillip DeFatta, son of Richard and Michelle DeFatta of Huntsville, and a student at Virgil I. Grissom High School, has been nominated to the United States Military Academy.

• Jordan Holt, son of James and Jennifer Holt of Scottsboro, and a student at Scottsboro High School, has been nominated to the United States Air Force Academy.

• Megan Kirkham, daughter of Allen and Jill Kirkham of Madison, and a student at Westminster Christian Academy, has been nominated to the United States Air Force Academy.
• Ryan Marino, son of Ronald and Janet Marino of Madison, and a student at Auburn University, has been nominated to the United States Naval Academy.

• Jason Parcus, son of Jackie and Betty Parcus of Madison, and a student at Sparkman High School, has been nominated to the United States Air Force Academy.

• Pierce Pettis, son of Pierce Pettis and Meg Harper of Mentone, and a student at Fort Payne High School, has been nominated to the United States Military Academy.

• Nicholas Rockwell, son of Mark and Nadine Rockwell of Athens, and a student at Athens High School, has been nominated to the United States Air Force Academy.

• Robert Tucker, son of Robert and Audrey Tucker of Hazel Green, and a student at Hazel Green High School, has been nominated to the United States Air Force Academy.

• Monretta Vega, daughter of Jose and Doretta Vega of Huntsville, and a student at Lee High School, has been nominated to the United States Military Academy.

• Christa Wininger, daughter of Johnny and Lisa Wininger of Scottsboro, and a student at Scottsboro High School, has been nominated to the United States Naval Academy.

Although Senator Shelby nominated these students, the academy in which they were nominated still has final selection.