WASHINGTON - Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) announced Tuesday the nomination of six students from Central Oregon for acceptance to one of the prestigious United States service academies based on their academic performance, extracurricular involvement, and character.
"Being nominated to one of our nation's service academies represents years of hard work and discipline," Walden said. "Competing with the best and brightest of America's youth for an appointment to an academy is a great honor and a tremendous opportunity.
"I am confident that these talented students would represent their families and nation well in that effort, and I commend them for their desire to serve our country in uniform. It takes a special commitment to pursue the rigors of an academy education, and these young Americans are continuing a long line of patriotic Oregonians in their endeavor."
The nominees are as follows:
- Braden Bell of Bend, son of Kyle & Kelsey Bell, attending Bend High School – Nominated to the US Military Academy
- Jameson (Jay) Borland of Bend, son of Thomas & Ellen Borland, a graduate of Bend Senior High School in 2013 currently attending Northwestern Preparatory School – Nominated to the US Air Force Academy
- Logan Falco of Redmond, son of Craig Falco & Kim Abrahamson, attending Redmond High School - Nominated to the US Air Force Academy
- Timothy (Tim) Gorman of Bend, son of Steve & Susan Gretz, attending Mountain View High School - Nominated to the US Naval Academy and the US Military Academy
- Emily Shunk of Bend, daughter of Gary & Pamela Shunk, attending Summit High School - Nominated to the US Air Force Academy, the US Naval Academy and the US Military Academy
- Zachary Taylor of Powell Butte, son of Keith & Elizabeth Taylor, attending Ridgeview High School - Nominated to the US Naval Academy
Final selection for admission to the service academies will be performed by officials at each respective academy this spring.