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Last week, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced 45 New Mexico students who have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy beginning in 2014, including five students from Northern New Mexico.
A congressional, vice-presidential, or service-connected nomination is required for admission to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
To receive a nomination from Udall, students completed a competitive application process which included an interview with his Military Academy Service Panels, comprised of military and community leaders.
Two of the students are from Los Alamos — Alexander Kirkland and Matthew Davenport. Kirkland is going to the Naval Academy and Davenport is going to the Air Force Academy.
“It is my honor to congratulate the students I have nominated to the service academies this year,” said Udall. “These students have distinguished themselves both in and out of the classroom, and they represent some of New Mexico’s best and brightest.
“I am proud that they want to dedicate their talent and leadership in service to our country. Those who enroll at any of the service academies will receive an excellent education, and have numerous leadership opportunities to excel in both military and civilian life. I wish these students the greatest success in their future endeavors, and I am confident they will represent New Mexico well.”
These students will now compete for admission to their service academy over the coming months.
Those admitted will begin classes in the summer of 2014 as members of the class of 2018.