WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that he has nominated 24 students from across the state of Alabama, including four from Shelby County, to attend United States service academies. The service academies include the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
- Anna Michelle Carter of Columbiana, Alabama, received a nomination to the U.S. Naval Academy. She is the daughter of Michelle and Jeffrey Carter and attends Shelby County High School.
- Kaitlyn Elise Sherman of Alabaster, Alabama, received a nomination to the U.S. Air Force Academy. She is the daughter of Kyla and Henry Higgins and is currently a student at Thompson High School.
- Hoke Jackson Smith II of Vestavia, Alabama, received a nomination to the U.S. Naval Academy. He is the son of Helen and Bradley Smith and attends Vestavia Hills High School.
- Austin James Wallace of Pelham, Alabama, received a nomination to the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is the son of Stephanie and Kent Wallace and is currently a student at Pelham High School.
“I am honored to nominate these excellent students from Shelby County to various U.S. service academies,” said Senator Shelby. “Their dedication to academic excellence and their many achievements outside the classroom give me confidence in their ability to succeed in this new endeavor. I believe they will represent Alabama with distinction 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.