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Begich Announces 2013 Service Academy Nominations


Sen. Mark Begich today announced his nomination of 32 of Alaska’s finest young men and women for admissions to one of the U.S. service academies for the year 2013.

“It’s always a great pleasure and very rewarding to see the outstanding young Alaskans seeking admission to our nation’s service academies,” Begich said. “I’m proud to be able to play a role in helping these fine young men and women advance toward careers in public service.”

Senators are allowed to nominate individuals for each of the service academies, including the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy. The admissions office for each academy makes final admissions decisions based on academic and physical qualifications as well as available space.

The following are the names and hometowns of the Alaskans nominated by Begich:

U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado:


Nathanael Beveridge, Anchorage

Bo Young Choi, Anchorage

Brendan Flynn, Juneau

Ellen Sharkey, Anchorage

Coleman Smith, Palmer

Joshua Sy, Anchorage

John Taylor, Anchorage

Timothy Thornley, Anchorage

Justin Weber, Anchorage

Hannah Sponseller, North Pole


U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York:

Luke Heun, Palmer

Andrew Banez, Anchorage

Thomas Antal, Fairbanks

Derick Hanna, Palmer

Jacob Miller, Fairbanks

Bennett Smoot, Eagle River

Delainey Stokes, North Pole

Joel Ackerman, Copper Center

Samantha Everett, Palmer

U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland:

McKenzie Barnett, Kodiak

Kara Butler, Wasilla

Sullivan Gilley, Eagle River

Kimberly Holdiman, Anchorage

Brandon Kavalok, Palmer

Conrad Kress, Anchorage

Joseph Rauenhorst, North Pole

Mizani Rawhani, Petersburg

Lida Zakurdaew, Anchorage

Thomas Muldoon, Eagle River


U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York:


Tanner Evans, Anchorage

Kimberly Holdiman, Anchorage

Kyle Phillips, Juneau

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