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Udall Congratulates New Mexico Nominees to United States Service Academies


Date: Nov. 23, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) announced the names of the 45 New Mexico students who have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy beginning in 2021. A congressional, vice-presidential, or service-connected nomination is required for admission to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Students receiving Udall's nomination completed a competitive application process, which included interviews with the senator's Military Academy Service Panels, comprised of active duty service members, veterans and community leaders.

"New Mexico has a long and proud tradition of service, and it is an honor to support this next generation of leaders that I have nominated to the service academies this year," said Udall. "The United States service academies provide a top-notch education and unparalleled opportunities for students to excel in both military and civilian life. It has been a great privilege every year to meet these exceptional young people who have demonstrated strong leadership in both their academic and extracurricular activities, in addition to a commitment to serve -- and I am confident that they will make New Mexico proud. They represent some of our state's best and brightest, and I wish them luck as they move on to the next phase of the admissions process."

Nominated students will now compete for admission to their service academy over the coming months. Those admitted will begin classes in the summer of 2021 as members of the class of 2025.

The following are the students nominated from New Mexico by academy:

United States Military Academy (West Point)

Edward Brady of Las Cruces
Amanda Garcia of Rio Rancho
Lily Johnson of Albuquerque
Austin Love of Albuquerque
Zachary Neel of Albuquerque
Ian Nelson of Albuquerque
Ryan Sanchez of Albuquerque
Boden Tryer of Albuquerque
Faris Wald of Santa Fe
Keiko Yamamoto of Albuquerque

United States Naval Academy

Cade Allison of Fruitland
Camden Cox of Rio Communities
Victoria DeMersseman of Albuquerque
Darien Garcia of Edgewood
David Graves of Las Cruces
Christian Howard of Albuquerque
Tyler Jenson of Rio Rancho
Savanna Lewis of Los Lunas
Hunter Mamawal of Albuquerque
Mike Mayers of Albuquerque
Aidan McKinley of Albuquerque
Robert Montoya of Bayard
Harrison Morrow of Albuquerque
Jasmine Munoz of Bayard
Elijah Myers of Las Cruces
Max Pasulka of Santa Fe
Andre Saiz of Los Lunas
Teresita Salas of Rio Rancho
Matthew Watlington of Albuquerque
Wyatt Ziehe of Albuquerque

United States Air Force Academy

Mohammed Abdullah of Belen
Maxwell Aiello of Clovis
Eliana Armstrong of Albuquerque
Brianne Boyd of Farmington
Dillon Goodwin of Santa Fe
Sophia Haag of Albuquerque
Cruz Kaufman of Las Cruces
Cameron Lee of Albuquerque
Andrew Richardson of Albuquerque
Casey Savage of Albuquerque

United States Merchant Marine Academy

Jacob Edington of Albuquerque
Cameo Griego of Albuquerque
Lauren Morrow of Albuquerque
Maksymilian Olszowka of Albuquerque
Joshua Salas of Albuquerque