December 16, 2019

Luján Announces Nominations for U.S. Service Academies

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, announced the nominations of students from New Mexico’s Third Congressional District to enter the United States Service Academies. 

“Our state has a long tradition of serving our nation in all the branches of our military. Having the chance to nominate some of New Mexico’s best and brightest young people to our United States Service Academies is a distinct honor for me each year,” said Luján. “I am proud of each of these students, who have demonstrated a commitment to service, the drive to succeed, and tremendous dedication to our state and our nation.”

Congressman Luján’s 2019 Service Academy nominees include:

U.S. Military Academy – West Point, NY

  • Fiona Balasuit – Farmington High/San Juan College – Fruitland
  • Roshan Prasad – Los Alamos High – Los Alamos
  • Juan Romero – Los Alamos High – Embudo
  • Gunnar Schwab – New Mexico Military Institute – Farmington
  • Evan Watry – Explore Academy Charter School – Rio Rancho

U.S. Naval Academy – Annapolis, MD

  • Summer Armijo-Rotunno - Santa Fe High – Santa Fe
  • Jacob Braunschweiger – Rio Rancho High – Rio Rancho
  • Raymond Chapman – Aztec High – Aztec  
  • Jason Knight – Logan High – Tucumcari
  • Dalen Montoya – Santa Fe High – Santa Fe
  • Trystan Osburn – Los Alamos High – Los Alamos
  • Roshan Prasad – Los Alamos High – Los Alamos
  • Juan Romero – Los Alamos High – Embudo
  • Jeremy Torres – New Mexico Military Institute - Gallup
  • Evan Watry – Explore Academy Charter School – Rio Rancho

U.S. Air Force Academy – Colorado Springs, CO

  • Jacob Braunschweiger – Rio Rancho High – Rio Rancho
  • Teagun Glenn - Albuquerque Academy – Rio Rancho
  • Jeremy Kalminski – New Mexico Military Institute – Albuquerque
  • Jason Knight – Logan High – Tucumcari
  • Bryan Littlejohn – Clovis High – Clovis
  • Trystan Osburn – Los Alamos High – Los Alamos
  • Roshan Prasad – Los Alamos High – Los Alamos
  • Juan Romero – Los Alamos High – Embudo
  • Evan Watry – Explore Academy Charter School – Rio Rancho 

US Merchant Marines Academy – Kings Point, NY

  • Owen Carlton – Quantico High – Hagerman
  • Raymond Chapman – Aztec High – Aztec   

Interviews took place throughout the Third Congressional District in early November. Congressman Luján’s Service Academy Selection Board considered all the applications from the young New Mexicans interested in attending the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Academy nominees submit an application that includes a personal statement, resume, letters of reference, academic transcripts, and standardized test scores. If nominated by Congressman Luján, applicants must meet the individual admission requirements for each academy. Students may be nominated for more than one service academy. The academies make the final decision on who will receive an appointment of admission. 

Selection to U.S. Service Academies is among the most competitive and rigorous in the country; regardless of the number of qualified applicants each Member of Congress nominates, only a select few from each Congressional District are accepted by the service academies each year. Those selected will enter the academies in June 2020.

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