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Cole Announces 2016 Military Academy Nominations

January 21, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) announced today the names of 14 students who have been nominated from the Fourth District of Oklahoma for entry into one of America’s prestigious military academies. The schools that participate in the congressional nomination program are the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy. 

The nomination process is highly competitive. Applicants are evaluated for academic performance and standing, including class rank, SAT/ACT scores and school records. Other criteria considered for nomination, by Cole and the recommendation panel, includes athletics, physical fitness, extracurricular activities, recommendations and leadership potential. Upon congressional nomination, students become eligible for appointment consideration at the service academy (or academies) to which they applied.   

“It is my distinct privilege to recommend several outstanding candidates from the Fourth District for an appointment to one of our nation’s fine military academies,” said Cole. “Without fail each year, I am struck by the willingness of our best and brightest to selflessly answer the call of duty. Along with their family and friends, I greatly admire these remarkable young leaders for their desire to sacrifice and serve on behalf of our country.”

U.S. Air Force
David Brown, Lawton – Eisenhower High School
Owen Gibson, Lawton – Elgin High School
Blake Graham, Duncan – Duncan High School
Brandon Hobbs, Faxon – MacArthur High School
Rafael Lopez, Lawton – Eisenhower High School
Jonathan McGill, Marlow – Duncan High School
Brendan Nash, Norman – Norman North High School
Jesse Scott, Marietta – Marietta High School
Matthew Seratte, Cache – Cache Senior High School
John Wirth, Norman – Norman North High School

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
David Brown, Lawton – Eisenhower High School
Owen Gibson, Lawton – Elgin High School
Blake Graham, Duncan – Duncan High School
Brandon Hobbs, Faxon – MacArthur High School
Rafael Lopez, Lawton – Eisenhower High School
Caleb Roberts, Norman – Home School
Matthew Seratte, Cache – Cache Senior High School
John Wirth, Norman – Norman North High School

U.S. Military Academy at West Point
David Brown, Lawton – Eisenhower High School
Owen Gibson, Lawton – Elgin High School
Blake Graham, Duncan – Duncan High School
Brandon Hobbs, Faxon – MacArthur High School
Rafael Lopez, Lawton – Eisenhower High School
Matthew Seratte, Cache – Cache Senior High School
John Wirth, Norman – Norman North High School

U.S. Naval Academy
David Brown, Lawton – Eisenhower High School
Khyle Easterwood-Hall, Oklahoma City – Southmoore High School
Owen Gibson, Lawton – Elgin High School
Brandon Hobbs, Faxon – MacArthur High School
Rafael Lopez, Lawton – Eisenhower High School
Brendan Nash, Norman – Norman North High School
Jesse Scott, Marietta – Marietta High School
Matthew Seratte, Cache – Cache Senior High School
Thomas Williams, Fort Sill – Home School
John Wirth, Norman – Norman North High School

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