December 18, 2009

Crapo's 2010 Military Academy Nominations Almost Double From Last Year

Sees increased interest in academy education, service

Washington, DC - The number of Idaho students being nominated by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo for entrance into U.S. service academies is nearly double that of last year's nomination total. Crapo today announced his nominations of 64 Idaho students to military service academies for the freshman class entering in 2010. That number compares to 33 nominations last year. The students' applications will now be considered by four of the U.S. service academies, where final selections will be made.

"It is exciting to see the dramatic increase in Idahoans that realize the excellent education and spirit of service demonstrated by our fine service academies," Crapo said. "Our military academies help build leaders who receive an outstanding education and benefit all Americans by protecting our nation. I salute these courageous men and women, and their families, for choosing to serve and defend our 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 can find information on Crapo's website at, or should contact Karen Roetter in Crapo's North Idaho Office in Coeur d'Alene at (208) 664-5490.

Crapo 2010 Academy Nominations

U.S. Air Force Academy:
Dylan Cawthorne, Mountain Home
Pete Coats, Rupert
Lukas Cowen, Boise
J. Downs, Meridian
Matthew Gerhart, Meridian
Dillon Greiner, Parma
Christian Hall, Meridian
Gavin Howard, St. Anthony
Brandon Hurt, Star
Paul Jamboretz, Boise
Vance Kondon, Mountain Home AFB
Devin McKnight, Boise
Matthew Miller, Idaho Falls
Branden Pritchett, Meridian
Nathaniel Randall, Meridian
Connor Sheldon, Boise
Nathaniel Szuch, Boise
AnneMarie Totorica, Boise
Tyler Young, Nampa
Dillon Zarpentine, Harrison

U.S. Military Academy at West Point (Army):
Max Chambers, Boise
Shannon Cobb, Star
Nicholas Dugger, Bonners Ferry
Neal Eldridge, Boise
Sarah Hill, Post Falls
Dylan Hyde, Star
Colin Mansfield, Boise
Branden Pritchett, Meridian
Aaron Proctor, Boise
Nathaniel Randall, Meridian
Jonathan Sorenson, Meridian
Lauren Tiernan, Boise
Kevin Updike, Garden Valley
Pierce Wasdahl, Boise
Nathaniel Wentland, Meridian
Zachary Weyn, Eagle
Jared Wood, Boise
Tyler Young, Nampa

U.S. Naval Academy:
Alex Ackerman, Grangeville
Ryder Ashcraft, Kingston
David Bjelland, Rathdrum
Curtis Brey, McCall
Brett Burnside, Coeur d'Alene
Aleska Davis, Boise
Ryan Erstad, Boise
Matthew Fouts, Boise
Samantha Freitas, Rathdrum
Logan Gearhart, Meridian
Bill Gore, Meridian
Dylan Hyde, Star
Duncan Mamer, Caldwell
John Mares, Sandpoint
Kegan Monks, Meridian
Amanda Ragan, Boise
Branden Thome, Mountain Home AFB
Noah Wagoner, Athol
Brendan West, Meridian
Ryan Zimmerman, Nampa

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy:
Brandon Hurt, Star
Colby Hyde, Eagle
Vance Condon, Mountain Home AFB
Niels McMahon, Sun Valley
Tristan Storrs, Rathdrum
Kevin Updike, Garden Valley

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