December 07, 2007


Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announced his nominations of 35 Idaho students to military service academies, for the freshman class entering in 2008. The students' applications are now being considered by four of the U.S. service academies, where final selections will be made.

"I am proud to work with these future leaders from Idaho," Crapo said. "Not only will they continue their education, but they will dedicate themselves to protecting our country. With our nation engaged in the Global War on Terrorism, it is extremely important that young Idahoans are choosing to serve and defend our security and freedom."

Each year U.S. Senators and Representatives make nominations to four of the service academies. The academies then select from the students nominated. Crapo made nominations to the following: the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado; the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York; the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York; and the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. Congressional nominations are not required for students attending the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

To be eligible for nominations, each student submitted an application and references, and met certain scholastic requirements under a deadline. A nomination does not guarantee acceptance. Those wishing to apply for future nominations should contact Karen Roetter in Crapo's North Idaho Office in Coeur d'Alene at (208) 664-5490.

Crapo 2008 Academy Nominations

U.S. Air Force Academy:
Christine Acker, Boise
Tony Caliva, Idaho Falls
Pedro Cortabitarte, Boise
Kyle Cressy, Boise
Dan McGinnis-Welsh, Cascade
Chris Perkins, Emmett
Matt Phillips, Eden
Megan Pierson, Gooding
Cooper Sampson, Boise
Carolyn Travis, Hayden

U.S. Naval Academy:
Mark Altman, Hayden
Jake Bean, Idaho Falls
Kyle Brasil, Nampa
Claire Fletcher, Boise
Jeff McCullough, Boise
Ryan McDonald, Boise
Emily Moranda, Mountain Home
Nick Puckett, Athol
Cody Rome, Eagle
Tanner Washburn, Nampa

U.S. Military Academy at West Point:
Alex Barber, Jerome
Chase Cappo, Eagle
Shelby Coats, Rupert
Grady Davis, Lewiston
Katrina Davis, Jerome
Will Hughes, Sandpoint
Sam Keele, Idaho Falls
Keegan Miesner, Star
Tyson Rydalch, Sugar City
John Swanson, Moscow

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy:
Alex Barber, Jerome
Kristi Critser, Nampa
Katrina Davis, Jerome
Kaitlyn Heller, Boise
Charles Highley, Mackay
Will Hughes, Sandpoint
Ashley Kunz, Boise
Beau Polk, Coeur d'Alene
Nick Puckett, Athol

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