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December 01, 2023 | Press Releases

U.S. Rep. Greg Steube Announces Service Academy Nominees

SARASOTA, Fla. —  U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-Fla.) today announced the nomination of 21 students in Florida’s 17th Congressional District to the U.S. Service Academies: the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) in West Point, NY, the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, MD, the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, CO, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) in Kings Point, NY. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) in New London, CT, is the fifth service academy and does not require a congressional nomination.

“It is a privilege to nominate the next generation of military leaders. This year’s nominees are intelligent, driven Floridians with a passion to serve our country. Should they receive an appointment, these individuals will represent our district well,” said Rep. Steube.

This year’s Service Academy nominees are as follows:

Sarasota County 
Alexandra Witherspoon, Riverview High School — USAFA
Ava Marano, Pine View School — USNA
Benjamin Aguilar, Sarasota High School — USMA
Casey Aten, Pine View School — USNA
Christian DeLarge, Sarasota Military Academy and Naval Academy Preparatory School — USNA
Conor Heary, Sarasota High School — USMA and USAFA
Darvani Gonzalez, Sarasota High School — USNA and USAFA
Ethan Wang, Pine View School — USMA
Jackson Ruthven, Sarasota Military Academy —  USNA and USMMA
Karina Lawrence, Venice High School — USMA
Madison Witherspoon, Riverview High School — USNA
Micah Thomson, Venice High School — USMA
Noah Gregory, Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School and Randolph-Macon Academy — USAFA
Sienna Pezzella, Pezzella Academy and University of South Florida — USNAUSMA and USMMA
Emmerson Taylor, State College of Florida — USMA
Wilhelm Hamburger, Riverview High School — USMA

Charlotte County 
Anindita Carlsen, Port Charlotte High School — USNA
Elliot Courtney, Charlotte High School and Florida SouthWestern State College — USNA
Reiley Lester, American Overseas School of Rome — USAFA

Lee County 
Justin Rodriguez, Gateway High School and Florida Gulf Coast University — USMA
Kenneth Mo, Lehigh Senior High School— USMA

You can learn more about the Service Academy nomination process here.