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​Zinke Nominates Montana High School Students for U.S. Military Academies

December 13, 2016
Press Release

Zinke Nominates Montana High School Students for U.S. Military Academies

(CONGRESS) December 9, 2016  – Today, 23-year U.S. Navy officer Rep. Ryan Zinke announced his 26 selections for nomination to the Air Force Academy, Naval Academy, Military Academy, and Merchant Marine Academy. Students interested in appointment to the U.S. Service Academies must undergo a rigorous application process. Requirements include a strong academic record as well as a resume that reflects leadership and community involvement. Nominees are then selected after several rounds of interviews.

“I am honored to nominate Montana’s finest to the United States Service Academies,” said Rep. Zinke. “Having served in the U.S. Navy myself, I take a great deal of pride in this duty. The future of our military is bright with these talented men and women, each of whom I believe has what it takes to serve with integrity and distinction. Bravo Zulu!”

The following Montanans have been nominated:

  • Alexa Arthun, Manhattan, MT – Air Force
  • Adam Barrie, Billings, MT – Air Force & Navy
  • Tanner Branstetter, Laurel, MT – Army & Navy
  • Shaun Brodie, Missoula, MT – Air Force
  • Travis Catina – Whitefish, MT – Army & Navy
  • Jordan Christian, Great Falls, MT – Air Force
  • Dean Cole, Scobey, MT – Navy
  • Josiah Dunham, Anaconda, MT – Air Force
  • Cody Dykstra, Manhattan, MT – Navy
  • Tyler Gurchiek, Billings, MT – Air Force
  • Kendall Johnson, Helena, MT – Navy
  • Rebekah Joy, Missoula, MT – Air Force
  • Cole Lower – Bozeman, MT – Merchant Marines
  • Erik Madson, Great Falls, MT – Air Force
  • Colin Maloney, Libby, MT – Air Force
  • Alexandra Martin, Two Dot, MT – Army
  • Evan Morris, Bozeman, MT – Navy
  • Deagan Muth, Whitefish, MT – Air Force
  • Simon Petsch, Billings, MT – Army & Navy
  • Jacob Rasch, Clancy, MT – Army
  • Benjamin Rauscher, Conrad, MT – Navy
  • Max Sechena, Great Falls, MT – Navy
  • Andrew Sorenson, Columbia Falls, MT – Navy
  • Cordell Walters, Bozeman, MT – Navy
  • Madison Ward, Helena, MT – Navy
  • Cade Wessel, Bozeman, MT – Army & Navy

The United States operates five service academies: Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, Colorado), Coast Guard Academy (New London, Connecticut), Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point, New York), the United States Military Academy (West Point, New York), and the United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, Maryland).