April 07, 2020
BANGOR DAILY NEWS (BANGOR, MAINE

Students nominated to service academies

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Rep. John Baldacci have announced nominations of area students for admission to United States service academies. Officials at the academies will evaluate each nominee’s qualifications early next year.

“A nomination to one of our service academies is a great honor,” said Collins. “They’ve earned their nominations through records of strong scholarship, leadership, and character.”

“These Maine students have worked hard to achieve success in the classroom, in extracurricular activities and in their communities,” said Baldacci. “Each would represent themselves, as well as their families and the state of Maine, with distinction at the United States Naval Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy, the United States Military Academy at West Point and the United States Air Force Academy.”

Some students have expressed an interest in more than one school and have therefore been nominated for more than one academy. The nominees for the academies are:

. Zackery Briscoe, Presque Isle, New Life Christian School – U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

. Patrick Buchanan, Bangor, Bangor High School – U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

. Matthew Foster, Dexter, Dexter Regional High School – U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

. Edward Gilchrist, Farmington, Mt. Blue High School – U.S. Air Force Academy.

. Craig Michaud, Frenchville, Wisdom High School – U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

. James Modisette, Penobscot, George Stevens Academy – U.S. Naval Academy.

. James Ney III, South Paris, Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School – U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

. Christopher Patterson, Brewer, Bangor Christian High School – U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Military Academy.

. Seth Pelletier, China, National Sports Academy – U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

. Andrew Pfeiffer, China, Erskine Academy – U.S. Military Academy.

. Christopher Rankin, Holden, Bangor High School – U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Naval Academy.

. Derek Williams, Orono, Orono High School – U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Naval Academy.

. Jonathan Worth, Belfast, Belfast Area High School – U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy.

To be considered for an appointment to a service academy, an applicant must have a nomination from an authorized nominating source, which includes members of Congress. Congressional nominations account for three-fourths of all academy appointments.

Applications must be completed and returned by Nov. 1 each year. Along with the application, the nomination process requires official SAT scores, a high school transcript, a record of academic achievement, information about athletic and other extracurricular activities, as well as details about community service participation. Applicants are also required to submit the names of three references.


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