Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

WALDEN NOMINATES LOCAL STUDENTS FOR ACCEPTANCE TO U.S. MILITARY ACADEMIES

January 16, 2007
Press Release


Young adults from central, southern, eastern Oregon nominated by congressman to be considered for service academy appointments

January 16, 2007 - WASHINGTON, D.C. -
Congressman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) is pleased to announce the nomination of 19 students from throughout Oregon’s Second Congressional District for acceptance to one of the prestigious United States service academies. Students were chosen by Congressman Walden based on their academic performance, athletic participation, extracurricular involvement and character.
 
A nominating committee consisting of retired military officers in Oregon’s Second Congressional District assisted Walden in selecting candidates.
 
“Being nominated to one of America’s service academies represents years of hard work and discipline,” said Walden. “Competing with the best and brightest of America’s youth for an appointment to a military academy is both a tremendous opportunity and a great honor. I have every confidence that these talented students will represent their families and communities well in that effort and I commend them for their desire to serve our
country. It takes a special commitment to accept the challenges of an academy education, and these young Americans are continuing a long line of patriotic Oregonians in their endeavor. I share the pride of their parents, teachers and friends in congratulating them on this significant achievement.”
 
Walden continued, “I’m also grateful for the assistance of the prestigious nominating committee that volunteered countless hours in considering students for nominations. Their dedication in helping to choose outstanding young Oregonians has been invaluable not only to me but to our country.”
 
The students nominated by Walden follow:
 
Baker County
Cody Millhouse of Richland has been nominated to the United States Military Academy (USMA). Cody is a senior at Pine Eagle High School where he maintains a 3.8 GPA. Millhouse is active in the National Honor Society, debate, football, track, wrestling, his church youth group, Scouts, and 4H. He is the captain of his football team and is a youth group leader.
 
Deschutes County
William Day of Terrebonne has been nominated to the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA). William is a senior at Redmond High School where he maintains a 3.911 GPA. He is active in football, track, wrestling, and holds the public relations officer position with the student government. William is also a volunteer with the Big Brother-Big Sister program.
 
Kyle Johnson of Bend has been nominated to the United States Naval Academy. Kyle is a senior at Bend Senior High School where he maintains a 3.957 GPA. He is active in NJROTC, Civil Air Patrol, track, football, and his church youth group. Kyle has attained the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade in NJROTC and the rank of Cadet Master Sergeant in Civil Air Patrol.
 
Joshua Kezele of Redmond has been nominated to the USMA and the USAFA. Joshua is a senior at Redmond High School where he maintains a 3.648 GPA. He is active in the National Honor Society, band, track, cross-country skiing, and his church youth group. Joshua is a camp counselor and a band lesson instructor for the middle school.
 
John Liming of Sisters has been nominated to the USMA. John is a senior at Sisters High School where he maintains a 3.83 GPA. He is active in band, track, football, soccer, lacrosse, and his church youth group. John is the captain of the lacrosse and track teams.
 
Tanner Robertson of Redmond has been nominated to the USMA. Tanner is a senior at Redmond High School where he maintains a 3.186 GPA. He is active in the chorus, baseball, soccer, and tennis. Tanner is the captain of the soccer team and is the president of the student body. He is also a member of his church youth group, has volunteers at the senior center and has been involved with the Summer Chess Club.
 
Ryan Ruark of LaPine has been nominated to the USNA and the USMA. Ryan is a senior at La Pine High School where he maintains a 3.676 GPA. He is active in the National Honor Society, drama, the school newspaper, football, track, and JROTC. Ryan is the Executive Officer in JROTC, is the activities director for the student body, and was the junior class president.
 
Jackson County
Benjamin Cummings of Central Point has been nominated to the USMA. Benjamin is a senior at Cascade Christian High School where he maintains a 3.981 GPA. He is active in drama, chorus, football, and track. Benjamin is the president of the student government, a church youth group leader, a volunteer lifeguard, and captain of the football team.
 
Josh Keith of Central Point has been nominated to the USNA, the USMA, and the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Josh is a senior at Crater High School where he maintains a 3.65 GPA. He is active in the National Honor Society, cross country, track, swimming, ice hockey, and his church youth group. Josh has also been active on the math team, was a youth group leader, and volunteers at a local homeless shelter.
 
Robert Leonis of Jacksonville has been nominated to the USAFA. Robert is a senior at St. Mary’s School where he maintains a 3.46 GPA. He is active in football, track, Scouts, the math team, and in the school play. Robert is captain of the football team and captain of the track team.
 
Scott Williston of Medford has been nominated to the USAFA. Scott is a senior at Cascade Christian High School where he maintains a 3.885 GPA. He is active in band, cross country, and his church youth group. Scott is captain of the cross country team.
 
Josephine County
Ashley Hand of Grants Pass was nominated to and accepted an offer of appointment from the USAFA. Ashley is a senior at Grants Pass High School where she maintains a 4.0 GPA. She is active in mock trial, the Young Republicans Club, cross country, and track. Ashley is the Senior Class Vice President, president of the National Honor Society, and the Rotary Student of the Year.
 
Klamath County
Luke Harris of Klamath Falls has been nominated to the USAFA. Luke is a senior at Henley High School in Klamath Falls where he maintains a 3.837 GPA. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in JROTC and is active in the National Honor Society, Key Club, Peer Court, and soccer. Additionally, Harris is an outdoor school counselor and has received a Daedalian Award and a Military Excellence Award from the American Legion.
 
Michael McDonnell of Klamath Falls has been nominated to the USAFA, the USNA, and the USMA. Michael is a senior at Klamath Union High School in Klamath Falls where he maintains a 3.510 GPA. He is active in the National Honor Society, Key Club, and school math team. He is the Drum Major of the school band and captains both the soccer and ice hockey teams. McDonnell is also the vice president of the astronomy club.
 
Malheur County
Cody Ables of Ontario has been nominated to the USAFA. Cody is a senior at Ontario High School where he maintains a 3.745 GPA. Cody is actively involved in band, chorus, FFA, track, and soccer. He holds many leadership positions; he is the president of his student body, FFA chapter and Paintball Club, is the co-captain of the track team, and is the Homecoming chairman.
 
Umatilla County
Brian McBee of Pendleton has been nominated to the USMA. Brian is a senior at Pendleton High School where he maintains a 4.0 GPA. He is active in the student government where he is the student body president. Brian is active in the National Honor Society, band, Key Club, Spanish Club, Link Crew, baseball, football, cross country, mock trial, and his church youth group. He is a member of the Catholic Diocesan Youth Advisory Board and part of the Oregon Superintendent of Education Youth Advisory Team. Brian is also an Eagle Scout.
 
Daniel Mitchell of Milton-Freewater has been nominated to the USAFA. Daniel is a senior at McLoughlin High School where he maintains a 4.0 GPA. He is active in band and was the competitive jazz/chamber choir section leader while a sophomore and junior. Daniel also participates in the National Honor Society, Science Club, Key Club, the Technology Student Association, basketball, soccer, and tennis. He attended the Air Force Academy 2006 summer session. He is active in his church youth group and is a member of the Youth Pastor Search Committee. Daniel is also the president of the Honor Society.
 
Jordan Royal of Pendleton has been nominated to the USNA. Jordan is a senior at Pendleton High School where he maintains a 3.77 GPA. He is active in the National Honor Society, jazz band, honors band, swimming, and is a worship leader in his church youth group. Jordan is captain of the swim team and is the drum major. In his spare time, Jordan enjoys dirt biking, playing guitar and trumpet, and staying involved in church activities.
 
Union County
Lane Kemp of Summerville has been nominated to the USAFA. Lane is a senior at Imbler High School where he maintains a 3.88 GPA. He is active in the student government where he is the student body president. Lane participates in band, mock trial, basketball, golf, and his church youth group. His Eagle Scout project is complete and is nearly ready for his board of review. Lane is also a Scout Senior Patrol Leader.
 
Congressman Walden represents the Second Congressional District of Oregon, which includes 20 counties in southern, central and eastern Oregon.  He is a Deputy Whip in the House leadership structure and a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
 

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