DOVER, Del. – U.S. Senator Chris Coons today announced his U.S. service academy nominations for the Class of 2024. Four Delaware students earned principal nominations and will be offered appointments should they meet all medical, physical, and academic requirements. 

Senator Coons further submitted 31 names of outstanding Delawareans for consideration by the Department of Defense (DOD) academies. Coons also nominated 10 individuals to attend the Dept. of Transportation’s Merchant Marine Academy. Of that number, three students are also included in the 31 names for consideration by the DOD.

“Nominating these gifted Delaware students to our U.S. service academies is a sincere honor and a responsibility that I take very seriously,” Senator Coons said. “The next four years will be challenging – academically, mentally and physically – but I’m confident in their ability to rise to the challenge and to come through this experience ready to join the ranks of America’s finest military officers.”

Principal Nominees:

  • U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland
    • Amanda Carey of Dover, Dover High School 
  • U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado
    • Andrew Garza of Dover, Polytech High School
    • Donald Mendoza of Dover, Caesar Rodney High School
  • U.S. Military Academy at West Point, West Point, New York
    • Mackenzie Irelan of Harbeson, Cape Henlopen High School

Alternate Nominees:

  • New Castle County
    • Max Awtry of Hockessin, Conrad School of Science
    • Nicholas Beronio of Middletown, Salesianum School
    • Margaret Boyd of Wilmington, Ursuline Academy
    • Hannah Covel of Middletown, Middletown High School
    • Jared Doan of Middletown, MOT Charter School
    • Nicholas Dorazio of Middletown, Middletown High School
    • Olivia Farris of Newark, Delaware Military Academy
    • Zion Glover of Bear, St. Mark’s High School
    • Nicolas Harpey of Wilmington, Mount Pleasant High School
    • Alyssa Lee of Middletown, Middletown High School
    • Michael Migliore of Wilmington, Salesianum School
    • Jaya Penn of Middletown, Middletown High School
    • Andres Samson of Wilmington, Salesianum School
    • Seewon Song of Newark, Delaware Military Academy
    • Alec Troy of Wilmington, Salesianum School
    • Brahmir Vick of Middletown, Middletown High School

  • Kent & Sussex Counties
    • Robert Andrews of Camden, First State Military Academy
    • Lillian Ayers of Dover, Caesar Rodney High School
    • Frank Carter of Lewes, Worcester Prep
    • Lahna Chagaris of Frederica, Lake Forest High School
    • Bridget Cosgrove of Seaford, Sussex Academy
    • Sharnaé Harmon of Ellendale, Sussex Technical High School
    • Ethan Herring of Magnolia, Caesar Rodney High School
    • Dan Kaminski of Milford, Air Force Academy Prep School
    • Noah Lewis of Frederica, Air Force Academy Prep School
    • Donald McAlpine of Smyrna, Smyrna High School
    • Bryson Minear of Magnolia, Caesar Rodney High School
    • Dean Poplos of Magnolia, Air Force Academy Prep School
    • Zoe Quevedo of Harrington, Sussex Technical High School
    • Mason Rolph of Seaford, Sussex Technical High School
    • Tyjh Weldon of Viola, Air Force Academy Prep School

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York:

  • Nicholas Beronio of Middletown, Salesianum School
  • Lahna Chagaris of Frederica, Lake Forest High School
  • Lukas Cook of Bear, Delaware Military Academy
  • Olivia Farris of Newark, Delaware Military Academy
  • Wyatt Fruehauf of Lewes, Cape Henlopen High School
  • Felix Harmon of Millsboro, Cape Henlopen High School
  • Jake Mundok of Lewes, Sussex Academy
  • Cheyenne Snyder of Ocean View, Indian River High School
  • Avery Steffen of Bear, Mount Pleasant High School
  • Carson Watts of Milton, Sussex Tech High School

Senator Coons’ service academy selection board interviewed each applicant and made recommendations to the senator. The board, appointed by Senator Coons, includes Karen Berry, Ron Frazier, Heath Gehrke, Larry Henigan, Scott Kessel, Fran Mahon, Tim Morris, and Terry Wright.

“I am deeply grateful to the members of my selection board for volunteering their time to interview the talented Delawareans who wanted to serve their country,” Senator Coons said. “Their experience and counsel were invaluable, and I appreciate their service.”

For additional information about nominations to service academies, visit www.coons.senate.gov/services.

To download released photos in the public domain, visit www.flickr.com/photos/senatorchriscoons/albums/72157712236008156.

 

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