Jan 30 2015

Shelby Announces Calhoun and Lee County Nominees to U.S. Service Academies

WASHINGTON, D. C. – Friday, January 30, 2015 – U. S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today applauded Calhoun and Lee 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 East Alabama students have been nominated:

  • Landon Speakman, son of Michael and Susan Speakman of Opelika, Alabama, and a student at Lee-Scott Academy, was nominated to attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. 
  • Winston Smith T, son of Dozier and Sara Smith T of Opelika, Alabama, and a student at Opelika High School, was nominated to attend the U.S. Military Academy.
  • Zachary Baeza, son of Hector and Sabrina Baeza of Anniston, Alabama, and a student at Saks 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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