Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga), vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and senior member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, hosted a congratulatory luncheon for 30 Georgia high school seniors and their families on Monday in Atlanta.
Two of the Senator's nominees Austin Berchtold of Poulan and Carl Johnson from Americus have received appointments to the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
Chambliss nominated these outstanding young men and women to the United States military academies, and they have since received appointments to these esteemed schools.
"You're here because you've excelled in your academic studies, demonstrated a high level of physical fitness, participated in leadership organizations, been a positive example to your communities, and - most importantly - you have demonstrated the moral and ethical values to excel in a tough profession," Chambliss said.
Senator Chambliss also said. "Young men and women like you are the embodiment of the perseverance and leadership that makes America the great nation it is. It has been a privilege during my service in both the House and Senate to get to know our young people and their families through this process."
Every year, Senator Chambliss nominates candidates for each academy opening in a competitive selection contest.
Service academy graduates commit to serve that branch of military for five years following graduation, in exchange for receiving an education valued at approximately $350,000.
Those nominees who are accepted into the academies are awarded full four-year scholarships that include tuition, books, board, medical and dental care.
The Chambliss nominees who have been accepted by the academies (listed with their hometowns) are:
U.S. Air Force Academy
Casey Blaney – Augusta
Micah Hayden – Roswell
Joseph Humphries – Peachtree City Zachary Jones – Richmond Hill
Nathan Katich – Buford
Harrison Summerour – Dawsonville
Christana Wagner – Alpharetta
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
Jacqueline Mahoney – Roswell, NM
Patrick McCorvey – Evans
Benjamin O'Donnell – Canton
Jacob Sherman – Jefferson
U.S. Military Academy
Austin Berchtold – Poulan
Eliza Brownfield – Evans
Steven Cauthron – Augusta
Hollis Davenport – Atlanta
Sam Heydinger – Dewy Rose
Seong Kim – Alpharetta
Roshini Jagadam – Alpharetta
Carl Johnson – Americus
Kurt Klinkmueller – Marietta
Matthew McKenzie – Acworth
D Dillion Riedlinger – Rutledge William Whitaker – Roswell
Michaela Yip – Dalton
Rachel York – APO, Europe
U.S. Naval Academy
Isabelle Babb – Atlanta Ian Bagent – Norcross
Nolan Brandon – Evans
Austin Harmel – Snellville Emily Ranzau – Alpharetta
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