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28 More GA High School Seniors Will Attend U.S. Military Service Academies for Fall 2020

The 28 students are among the several dozen students nominated by Georgia congressional offices who have been accepted.

28 High School Seniors Nominated in 2019 Accepted into Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, West Point, Merchant Marine Academy

U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) recently announced that 28 high school graduates from across Georgia who were nominated last fall by her predecessor have been accepted into U.S. military service academies for fall 2020. The 28 students are among the several dozen students nominated by Georgia congressional offices who have been accepted.

Members of Congress are tasked with nominating students to attend our nation’s military academies annually. Those nominees who are accepted into the academies are awarded full four-year scholarships that include tuition, books, room and board, and medical and dental care. As U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson’s successor, Loeffler inherited his slate of 2019 nominees. The 28 students were selected out of a pool of 300 applicants and they will attend the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the Merchant Marine Academy and the Air Force Academy.

In addition, another six Georgia students applied independently and were accepted to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Preparatory School, which do not require a Congressional nomination. 

“I commend all of Georgia’s students who have received appointments to our nation’s prestigious military academies,” said Loeffler. “These students excelled both in and out of the classroom, demonstrating their academic excellence, dedication to service and leadership capability. I am grateful for their decision to serve our nation, and I am proud that they will be representing Georgia at America’s academies.”

The following students were accepted by the academies. Included below are students’ hometowns and the high schools they’ve graduated from.

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

  • Meredith Buchanan – Kathleen, Veterans High School
  • William Connor Pitts – Dallas, East Paulding High School
  • David Rivera – Ball Ground, Pickens High School
  • Brian Martin Waller – Warner Robins, Mount de Sales Academy

U.S. Military Academy at West Point

  • Levi Hiland Bell – Maysville, Jefferson High School
  • Kyle Joseph Bryce – Jefferson, Jackson County Comprehensive High School
  • Albert Jang – Duluth, Peachtree Ridge High School
  • Autumn Grace Keaton – Temple, Haralson County High School
  • Kijana Emmanuel Knights – Covington, Newton High School
  • Kaitlin Grace Palaian – Atlanta, Henry W. Grady High School

U.S. Naval Academy

  • Charles Evan Daniels – Alpharetta, Milton High School
  • Grace Katherine Findlay – Roswell, Blessed Trinity Catholic High School
  • Jennifer Bennette Harnage – Marietta, Hillgrove High School
  • Jay Ho – Snellville, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  • June Elizabeth Jordet – Marietta, Lassiter High School
  • Katherine Susanna Ketner – Hampton, Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy
  • Gavin Etheridge Kim – Acworth, Allatoona High School
  • Dwight Edward Kinney – Canton, Cherokee High School
  • Kathryn Grace Meyer – Atlanta, St. Pius X Catholic High School
  • Logan Alexander Paugh – Braselton, Mill Creek High School
  • Emma Dawn Peck – Martinez, Lakeside High School
  • Elizabeth Mae Shippen – Atlanta, Pace Academy
  • Matthew McKay Shirah – Blue Ridge, Fannin County High School
  • Olivia Marie Tinsley – Conyers, Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy

U.S. Air Force Academy

  • Jasmine DeAundrea Jacob – Morrow, Forest Park High School
  • Colby Brooks McRae – Thomaston, Upson-Lee High School
  • Joshua Kaiyuan Miao – Evans, Lakeside High School
  • Vyvy Nguyen – Morrow, Morrow High School

U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School (no Congressional nomination required)

  • Heath Isaac McDonald – Bogart, North Oconee High School

U.S. Coast Guard Academy (no Congressional nomination required)

  • Daniel Birch – Savannah
  • Jackson Frizzell – Alpharetta
  • Chase Sippola – Villa Rica

U.S. Coast Guard Academy Preparatory School (no Congressional nomination required)

  • Garrett Bragg – Clayton
  • Janae Jackson – Carrollton
  • Ryan Laruy – Dalton
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