RELEASE: Gottheimer Congratulates Fifth District Students Accepted to U.S. Service Academies

Apr 13, 2022

Above: Gottheimer met with his Service Academy Selection Committee last December.

NORTH JERSEY — U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) announced that 28 Fifth District high school students he nominated to one of the four U.S. service academies have been accepted — including to the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Gottheimer selected the students through the counsel of his Service Academy Selection Committee comprised of local leaders, reserve service members, and veterans from different branches of the armed forces. In December, the Committee interviewed the students to help Gottheimer select the best, brightest, and most well-rounded group of students to be nominated.

“One of my favorite parts of my job is nominating Fifth District students who demonstrate such a strong dedication to serving our country at such a young age,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). “Congratulations to the accepted Fifth District Service Academy students! Each one of these students has displayed excellence in academics, athletics, and in their communities, and I am so impressed and so proud of what they’ve accomplished and what they will accomplish. Their dedication to service is admirable and I will continue to do whatever I can in Congress to support those who serve and have served our country.”

The full list of students nominated by Gottheimer and accepted to attend one of the renowned Service Academies is below. 

U.S. Military Academy Accepted Nominations:

Palmer Yates, Ridgewood

Xinyi Feng, Alpine

Joaquin Kull, Ramsey

Claire Throne, Park Ridge

Sean Kim, River Edge

Logan Yhu, Old Tappan

Ethan Lee, Norwood

Sam Steinhart, Fair Lawn

Mia Bonsignore, Upper Saddle River

Matthew Rusch, Ridgewood

Phillip Williams, Ridgewood

Max Fominykh, Montvale

Farrell Kehm, Glen Rock

Owen Roy, Allendale

Sean Vlasich, Ho Ho Kus

Jack Simpson, Ridgewood

U.S. Naval Academy Accepted Nominations:

Lily Williams, Ridgewood

Aaron Song, Old Tappan

Kang Kim, Norwood

Aiden Kehoe, Montvale

Derek Weaver, Hackettstown

Etka Aylian, Hackettstown

U.S. Air Force Academy Accepted Nominations:

Ian Coleman, Hackettstown

Connor Munson, Washington

Cristian Vintimilla, Vernon

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Accepted Nominations:

Jay Martin, Newton

Casey Symons, Harrington Park

Information about the nomination process is available here

Below: Gottheimer met with his Service Academy Selection Committee last December.


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