RELEASE: Gottheimer Hosts Fifth District Service Academy Ceremony, Congratulates Accepted Students

May 04, 2024
Press

18 Fifth District High School Students Gottheimer Nominated Now Accepted to U.S. Service Academies

Above: Gottheimer with this year’s Fifth District students accepted into U.S. service academies.

NORTH JERSEY — Today, May 4, 2024, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) congratulated the Fifth District high school students he nominated and who were accepted to one of the four U.S. service academies this year, including the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, at a ceremony at Ramapo College.

Video of the event can be found here.

Gottheimer recently announced that 18 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.

“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. 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). “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 by Ramapo College Provost Michael Middleton, Hillsdale Mayor Michael Sheinfield, and Fifth District students and their families.

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:

Mili Bakshi of Woodcliff Lake

Jacob Shannon of Park Ridge

Nicole Choi of River Vale

Benjamin Garcia of Mahwah

Katelyn Dickson of Ridgewood

Salome Lokesh of Englewood

Nicholas Suarez of Closter

Harry Fominykh of Montvale

Doyee Kim of Cresskill

U.S. Naval Academy Accepted Nominations:

Gabriella Quintano of Fair Lawn

John Bergmann of Wanaque

Jorge Pogue of Westwood

Ian Kim of Old Tappan

Henry Rivera of Ridgewood

U.S. Air Force Academy Accepted Nominations:

Amira Guevara of Fair Lawn

Julianna Porrovecchio of Hillsdale

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Accepted Nominations:

Nicholas Curry of Sparta

Alexander Baret of Rumson

Below: Gottheimer with this year’s Fifth District students accepted into U.S. service academies. 

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