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Gottheimer congratulates Fifth District students accepted to U.S. service academies

NORTH JERSEY — U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) announced that 28 Fifth District high school students he nominated to one of the four U.S. service academies have been accepted — including to the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Gottheimer selected the students through the counsel of his Service Academy Selection Committee comprised of local leaders, reserve service members, and veterans from different branches of the armed forces. In December, the Committee interviewed the students to help Gottheimer select the best, brightest, and most well-rounded group of students to be nominated.

“One of my favorite parts of my job is nominating Fifth District students who demonstrate such a strong dedication to serving our country at such a young age,” Gottheimer said. “Congratulations to the accepted Fifth District Service Academy students! Each one of these students has displayed excellence in academics, athletics, and in their communities, and I am so impressed and so proud of what they’ve accomplished and what they will accomplish. Their dedication to service is admirable and I will continue to do whatever I can in Congress to support those who serve and have served our country.”

Here is the full list of students nominated by Gottheimer and accepted to attend one of the renowned Service Academies:

U.S. Military Academy Accepted Nominations:

  • Palmer Yates, Ridgewood
  • Xinyi Feng, Alpine
  • Joaquin Kull, Ramsey
  • Claire Throne, Park Ridge
  • Sean Kim, River Edge
  • Logan Yhu, Old Tappan
  • Ethan Lee, Norwood
  • Sam Steinhart, Fair Lawn
  • Mia Bonsignore, Upper Saddle River
  • Matthew Rusch, Ridgewood
  • Phillip Williams, Ridgewood
  • Max Fominykh, Montvale
  • Farrell Kehm, Glen Rock
  • Owen Roy, Allendale
  • Sean Vlasich, Ho Ho Kus
  • Jack Simpson, Ridgewood

U.S. Naval Academy Accepted Nominations:

  • Lily Williams, Ridgewood
  • Aaron Song, Old Tappan
  • Kang Kim, Norwood
  • Aiden Kehoe, Montvale
  • Derek Weaver, Hackettstown
  • Etka Aylian, Hackettstown

U.S. Air Force Academy Accepted Nominations:

  • Ian Coleman, Hackettstown
  • Connor Munson, Washington
  • Cristian Vintimilla, Vernon

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Accepted Nominations:

  • Jay Martin, Newton
  • Casey Symons, Harrington Park

For information about the nomination process, click here.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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