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Early in January, 21 local students from Denver and the south metro area received a nomination by United States Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Denver) for the opportunity to attend U.S. military service academies.
DeGette reviews applications from high school seniors each year and chooses who gets nominated. A volunteer citizen-advisory board helps select the strongest candidates.
“The choice by these young people to attend the service academies speaks volumes about their commitment to our country, to their communities and to their own personal development,” DeGette said. “They will face extraordinary challenges as they prepare to answer the call to national service.”
A Jan. 12 ceremony marked the students' nomination at the Colorado State Capitol's old Supreme Court chamber.
Here's a full list of the nominees from DeGette's area, the 1st Congressional District, which includes Denver, Glendale, Englewood, Sheridan, Cherry Hills Village and unincorporated areas west of Littleton. Some students, denoted by asterisks, requested nominations to more than one academy. The schools they attend are also listed.
U.S. Air Force Academy
• Anna Barrow - George Washington High School• Mitchell Cook - Cherry Creek High School • Thomas Gillman - Columbine High School• Henrik Laird - Denver East High School• Skylar Lodice - Dakota Ridge High School• Tatum Maloney - Mullen High School• *Michael Melton - Littleton High School• Ponder Stine - Cherry Creek High School/University of Colorado Boulder• Helen Threlkeld - Denver School of the Arts• *John Walsh - East High School
U.S. Military Academy
• *Thomas Cassidy - Regis Jesuit High School• *Skylar Lodice - Dakota Ridge High School• *Alden Miller - Denver Academy• *Aaron Rainey - Denver School of Science and Technology• *Kyle Ralph - Columbine High School• John Weigand - Regis Jesuit High School
U.S. Naval Academy
• *Thomas Cassidy - Regis Jesuit High School• Jacob Hinson - Columbine High School • *Skylar Lodice - Dakota Ridge High School• *Alden Miller - Denver Academy• *Kyle Ralph - Columbine High School• Griffen Rollert - Regis Jesuit High School• Samuel Samberson - Metro State University• Louis Stein - Denver Jewish Day School• *John Walsh - East High School• Tyler Yancanella - East High School/Colorado School of Mines
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
• Cole Blake - Regis Jesuit High School• *Michael Melton - Littleton High School• *Aaron Rainey - Denver School of Science and Technology
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