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Cole Congratulates 2019 Service Academy Appointees

May 31, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) this week congratulated eight Fourth District students who received and accepted appointments to one of the United States military service academies. The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy all require a congressional nomination to be considered for appointment. Cole previously nominated these students for appointment consideration.

“I am proud to congratulate and extend my best wishes to eight young leaders who will begin a new chapter in their lives by accepting appointments to one of America’s prestigious military service academies,” said Cole. “These students are truly some of the best and brightest. They could pursue numerous career paths, yet they chose to answer the call to serve our nation with their talents and intelligence. This is a testament to their patriotism and character. Earlier this year, I was honored to play a small part in their journey by nominating them for potential appointment. I know they will continue to make their families, communities and our state proud in the days to come.”

The students from the Fourth District of Oklahoma who received and accepted appointments are listed below:

U.S. Military Academy at West Point

John “Jack” McDowell, Norman – Thomas Edison High School
Samuel Wishon, Norman – Norman High School

U.S. Naval Academy

Ainslee Gabriel, Norman – Norman High School
Paula Hackbart, Newalla – Moore High School

U.S. Air Force Academy

John Ryan “J.R.” Cook, Oklahoma City – Carl Albert High School
Jack Dallas Grimmett, Pauls Valley – Pauls Valley High School

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Alena Dunaway, Purcell – Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics
Robert “Bo” Kemmet, Norman – Norman North High School

Fourth District academy appointees for 2019

While not all eight could attend, five of the Fourth District appointees met with Congressman Cole in his Norman office earlier this week. Pictured above (left to right): Ainslee Gabriel, J.R. Cook, Jack Grimmett, Jack McDowell, Samuel Wishon and Congressman Cole. (Not pictured: Alena Dunaway, Paula Hackbart and Bo Kemmet)

For media use, more photos from this week’s congratulatory meeting are available here.