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Rep Cole nominates 14 students to military academies

Tom Cole (Source House of Representatives) Tom Cole (Source House of Representatives)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KSWO) –Congressman Tom Cole announced 14 students he is nominating to attend one of America’s prestigious military academies.

The military academies include the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy. West Point allows for nominations from career military members, but the other three academies all require nominations from the congressional level or higher. Each member of Congress can have up to five constituents attending the Naval Academy and Air Force Academy at a time.

The process for high school students to be nominated is incredibly competitive. Applicants are evaluated based off of their academic performance and standing, which includes class rank, ACT/SAT scores and school records. Other nomination criteria includes athletics, physical fitness, extracurricular activities, recommendations and leadership potential.

Once a student has a congressional nomination, they become eligible for appointment at the services academy, or academies, they applied to. A congressional nomination gets their foot in the door, but does not necessarily mean they’ll be able to attend on the nomination alone.

“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.”

The following students were nominated to one or more of the four military academies:


U.S. Air Force 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
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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