Udall announces military academy nominations


U.S. Sen. Mark Udall announced his nomination of 48 Colorado students for appointment to four of the U.S. service academies.

The students were selected from among 410 applications for nominations and included six students from Douglas and Elbert counties. The nominations were reviewed by Udall’s merit selection committee and applicants were evaluated based on academic aptitude, leadership potential, determination and overall character.

Of the 410 applications, 200 students were selected for interviews. Nominated students will now compete with others from around the country for appointments to the Air Force Academy, Naval Academy, Merchant Marine Academy and Military Academy.

“One of my favorite opportunities is to nominate highly qualified, bright young people to attend our military service academies,” Udall said. “Throughout American history, these academies have produced some of our finest military and civilian leaders.

“I’m hopeful that many of my nominees will receive appointments to the U.S. service academies,” Udall added.  “I’m confident that these young men and women will ably and proudly serve our country.”

Udall’s list of nominees included the following students from Douglas and Elbert counties:

United States Air Force Academy: Hannah Murphy, Parker; Christopher Reed, Castle Rock; Timothy Shutack, Parker.

United States Military Academy: Nicholas Bailey, Parker; Timothy Shutack, Parker; Tanner Thompson, Elizabeth.

United States Naval Academy: Hannah Murphy, Parker.

United States Merchant Marine Academy: Alexander Barton, Castle Rock.


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