RELEASE: Fifth District Korean American Students Nominated by Gottheimer Accepted to U.S. Service Academies

Apr 28, 2022

Above: Gottheimer congratulates Fifth District students accepted to one of the U.S. service academies this year.

NORTH JERSEY — U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) congratulated the North Jersey Korean American students he nominated and who were accepted to one of the four U.S. service academies this year, including the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy, at a ceremony at the Bergenfield Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6467. 

Sean Kim of River Edge was nominated by Gottheimer and accepted to the United States Military Academy. Of his many accomplishments, Sean is the vice president of his school’s student government and a member of the varsity soccer team. He has worked to become a Boys State Delegate and attended the West Point summer leadership camp.

Ethan Lee of Norwood was nominated by Gottheimer and accepted to the United States Military Academy. At Northern Valley Regional High School, Ethan is a member of the track team and the orchestra. Ethan has also earned a black belt in Taekwondo.

Kang Kim of Norwood was nominated by Gottheimer and accepted to the United States Naval Academy. Kang attends Northern Valley Regional Old Tappan High School, where he plays varsity soccer. He is a member of the City Council at Boys State and works as a soccer referee. Kang will be joining his brother at the Naval Academy.

Gottheimer recently announced that 27 Fifth District high school students he nominated to one of the four U.S. service academies were accepted. Gottheimer selected the students through the counsel of his Service Academy Selection Committee, comprised of local leaders and veterans who have served in different branches of the armed forces. They help Gottheimer select the most well-rounded group of students to be nominated.

 “I am always amazed each year — these students blow me away with everything they do — from athletics to academics to community service,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). “We are here today, though, because of the nominees themselves who, at such a young age, already show a tremendous commitment to serving our country. Their nomination to one of our four prestigious military academies, the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, is a recognition of their excellence in the classroom, in our community, and their sense of duty to our country.”

Gottheimer was joined at the Bergenfield VFW Post 6467 by Bergen County Commissioner Tom Sullivan, Bergenfield Councilmembers Buddy Deanna and Rafael Marte, Fifth District Service Academy Selection Committee members Kirsten Dickson, Steve Kalish, and Dan Cahill, VFW Post 6467 Commander Tom Lang, John Smith, Chairman of the Bergenfield Veterans Advisory Committee, and Fifth District students and their families. 

Video of the ceremony can be found here.

Below: Gottheimer with Sean Kim of River Edge.

Below: Gottheimer with Ethan Lee of Norwood

Below: Gottheimer with Kang Kim of Norwood.


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