Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Greg Walden nominates sixteen Oregon students for acceptance to U.S. service academies

December 22, 2017
Press Release

Greg Walden nominates sixteen Oregon students for acceptance to U.S. service academies

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) announced today that he has nominated sixteen Oregon students for acceptance to one of the prestigious United States service academies. Walden’s Service Academy Nomination Board -- retired military officers who interview potential candidates for the service academies -- recommended each student based on their academic performance, extracurricular involvement, and character.

“It is an honor and privilege to nominate these remarkable young Oregonians to our nation’s service academies,” Walden said. “They have earned these much-deserved nominations through years of hard work, dedication, and commitment to character. These students have shown a desire to grow intellectually, lead by example, and serve their country by pursuing a higher education at one of our country’s select service academies. I am confident that each will be successful in this admirable endeavor, and that America’s future is in good hands.

“I’d like to thank my Service Academy Nomination Board for recommending these future leaders. Their service to our country and experience wearing our nation’s uniform speaks to the unique qualities of the students they interviewed and referred for nomination. These nominations would not be possible without their guidance and understanding of what it takes to excel and succeed at the U.S. service academies,” said Walden. Serving on Walden’s Service Academy Nomination Board are: retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Frank Toney, retired U.S. Navy Capt. Harriet Harris, retired U.S. Navy Capt. Bud Hart, retired U.S. Marine Corps. Lt. Col. Richard Halsted, and retired U.S. Marine Corps. Col. Dave Dotterer. Retired U.S. Navy Com. John Howard served as the Recorder for the Service Academy Nomination Board.

The service academies include the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado; the Military Academy at West Point, New York; the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; and the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. Final selection for admission to the service academies will be determined by officials at each respective academy this spring.

Students who are interested in learning more about service academy nominations can visit Walden’s website at https://walden.house.gov/academynominations.  

The nominees from Oregon are as follows:
 

Baker County

Clay Keller, son of Douglas and Theresa Keller of Baker City, attending Baker High School – nominated to the United States Naval Academy.

Austin Rasmussen, son of Julie Rasmussen of Baker City, attending Baker High school –nominated to the United States Military Academy.

Deschutes County

Emily Brockman, daughter of Chuck and Toni Brockman of Bend, attending Bend Sr. High School – nominated to the United States Naval Academy and the United States Air Force Academy.

Jordan Andrews, daughter of Corey Andrews and Lisa Jacobs of Sisters, attending Sisters High School  -- nominated to the United States Naval Academy.

Jonathan Gregory, son of Brian Gregory and Tina Ogle of Redmond, attending Redmond High School –nominated to the United States Air Force Academy.

Jackson County

Garrett Bates, son of Patrick and Lisa Bates of Central Point, attending St. Mary’s School – nominated to the United States Military Academy, the United States Airforce Academy, and the United States Naval Academy.

Rosemary Weston, daughter of Cael and Marcella Weston of Ashland, attending St. Mary’s School –nominated to the United States Naval Academy, the United States Military Academy, and the United States Air Force Academy.

Patrick Royal, son of Jole and Debra Royal of Central Point, attending South Medford High School – nominated to the United States Naval Academy.

Caleb Cheshire, son of Walter and Kathryn Cheshire of Central Point, homeschool—nominated to the United States Naval Academy, United States Military Academy, United States Air Force Academy.

Trent Snyder, son of Richard Snyder and Gail Schneider-Ross of Medford, attending South Medford High School –nominated to the United States Air Force Academy.

Josephine County

Nathan Burton, son of Guy and Leanne Burton of Grants Pass, attending Grants Pass High School  -- nominated to United States Naval Academy.

Klamath County
Thomas Morgan, son of Robert and Tanya Morgan of Klamath Falls, homeschool – nominated to the United States Air Force Academy.

Matthew Yuckniuk, son of Scott and Debbie Yuckniuck of Klamath Falls, homeschooled– nominated to the United States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy. 

Matthew Edwards, son of Jeffrey and Teresa Edwards of Klamath Falls, attending Henley High School – nominated to the United States Air Force Academy.

Malheur County

Kirk Eiguren, son of Michael and Robbin Eiguren of Jordan Valley, attending Jordan Valley High School – nominated to the United States Air Force Academy.

Wallowa County

James Wells, son of Larry and Ilene Wells of Joseph, attending Enterprise High School – nominated to the United States Naval Academy and the United States Air Force Academy.

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