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U.S. Congressman Dan Newhouse

“There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer,” World War Two hero Jimmy Doolittle once said.

Last week, I had the privilege to announce my nomination of 11 volunteers across Central Washington for consideration to attend U.S. military academies including West Point, the Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy.

Each year, I have the honor of providing nominations for prospective students at U.S. service academies. Students must complete applications for nominations, which includes an interview process with my military academy advisory board. The final determination for admittance will be made by the respective academies.

I applaud each and every one of these students. If accepted, their decision to apply to a service academy comes with the obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.

The young people demonstrate the best of Central Washington, and we can all be proud of them for their desire to serve.

Every year, I am impressed by the academic success, hard work and personal accomplishment demonstrated by applicants.

These young people have shown that they have the hearts of volunteers.

U.S. Air Force Academy nominees include: Ryan Child, a senior at Kamiakin High School; Brian Dean, a senior at Richland High; Kori Fay of Richland, a senior at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Va; Nathan Haggard, a graduate at Richland High School; Jonathan Leach, Tonasket , a senior at Camden Military Academy in Camden, S.C.; Jacobe Lee, a graduate at Richland High; Brayden McCarley, a senior at Kennewick High School; William Middlebrooks, a senior at Selah High School; Aditya Subramanian, a senior at Hanford High.

U.S. Military Academy at West Point nominees include: Tyler Birchenough, a senior at Richland High School; Kori Fay of Richland, a senior at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Va.; William Middlebrooks, a senior at Selah High School.

U.S. Naval Academy nominees include: Tyler Birchenough, a senior at Richland High School; David Jimenez, a graduate at Sunnyside High School; Jonathan Leach of Tonasket, a senior at Camden Military Academy in Camden, S.C.; Brayden McCarley, a senior at Kennewick High School.

For more information on nominations, please contact my Yakima office at 402 E. Yakima Avenue, Suite 1000, call (509) 452-3243, or check online at Newhouse.house.gov.

— Dan Newhouse is the Representative for the 4th Congressional District in Washington state, representing residents in Central Washington.

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