Sen. Tommy Tuberville announced Monday 12 high school students from the Yellowhammer State have accepted their appointments to military academies across the country.
“America’s national security depends on brave young men and women who are willing to serve in our armed forces,” Tuberville (R-Auburn) said.
“I am proud that some of our most talented young Alabamians have stepped forward to answer the call to defend our country. They’ve worked extremely hard to receive their academy appointments, and I have no doubt they’ll continue to make our state and country proud.”
Those appointed were:
- United States Air Force Academy:
Pruitt Dobbs Bain: Son of Charles Mark and Ginger Bain; Montgomery; Trinity Presbyterian Upper School
Carson James Hall: Son of Ray and Dawn Hall; Ranburne; Ranburne High School
Patrick Christopher Davidson: Son of Rick and Kelly Davidson; Auburn; Auburn High School
Jeff Kwon: Son of Kihwang and Mikyung Kwon; Montgomery; Loveless Academic Magnet Program School
Jane Wright: Daughter of Hess and Carolyn Wright; Demopolis; Demopolis High School
- United States Military Academy:
William Haddon James: Son of Scott and Jamie James; Birmingham; Evangel Christian School
Samuel Cade Waggoner: Son of M. Hagan and Jennifer Baxtor Waggoner; Auburn; Lee-Scott Academy
- United States Merchant Marine Academy:
Richard Joseph Schneider IV: Son of Richard and Trudy Schneider; Birmingham; Oak Mountain High School
Calvin Burton: Son of Robert and Julianne Burton; Huntsville; Grissom High School
Nathan Villamora: Son of Ernesto and Tahnia Villamora; Fairhope; Marion Military Institute
- United States Naval Academy:
Connor Ramones: Son of Paul and Stephanie Ramones; Salem; Smiths Station High School
John Isaac Roberts: Son of Benjamin W. and Jennifer H. Roberts; Andalusia; Riff Valley Academy, Kijabe, Kenya
U.S. Service Academies give high school students who want to serve our country’s military the opportunity to serve while gaining a college degree. Those appointed go through a lengthy process to receive a nomination.
Applicants must complete the required ACT and SAT exams as well as provide letters of recommendation, a school transcript, and the required application form. After graduation, students must serve five years of active duty.
Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.