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Local students accepted to national service academies

By Staff | May 22, 2015

WASHINGTON – Congressman Curt Clawson (FL -19) today announced the acceptance of thirteen students from Southwest Florida’s 19th Congressional District to attend the United States Service Academies for the 2015 freshman class.

U.S. Service Academies include: The United States Air Force Academy Colorado Springs, Colorado; The United States Military Academy West Point, New York; The United States Naval Academy Annapolis, Maryland; and The United States Merchant Marine Academy Kings Point, New York.

In the announcement Clawson said, “As the first class of nominees I have had the pleasure of nominating, I am honored that these fine students would give themselves to serve our nation and defend our freedom. Today I join my Academy Nominations Advisory Committee in congratulating this next generation of distinguished leaders in the making who will defend our freedom.”

The students accepted from the 19th Congressional District to the U.S. Service Academies are:

– Melanie M. Allen Cape Coral High School U.S. Military Academy at West Point

– James W. Angiulo III Mariner High School U.S. Military Academy at West Point

– George T. Denove The Community School of Naples U.S. Naval Academy

– Lizzbetthe S. Gadoua 2018 Lely High School U.S. Naval Academy

– Cameron F. Green Fort Myers High School U.S. Naval Academy

– Dexter R. Moore Jefferson Academy (Fort Myers) U.S. Air Force Academy

– Austin O. Nelson Riverdale High School U.S. Air Force Academy

– Michael F. Santucci Fort Myers High School U.S. Naval Academy

– Matthew C. Signorelli – Fort Myers High School U.S. Naval Academy

– Hunter G. Sperry Mariner High School U.S Military Academy at West Point

– Christy M. Thorstenson – Lely High School U.S. Air Force Academy

– Xavier A. Vecchio Lely High School U.S. Military Academy at West Point

– Gage M. Wheeler Lely High School U.S. Air Force Academy

“I am again thankful to members of the Academy Nominations Advisory Committee, led by Gen. James Dozier, for donating their time and years of experience in service to their community by helping me create a process to put the best Southwest Florida has to offer before the consideration of our nation’s service academies.”

Clawson utilizes an Academy Nominations Advisory Committee composed of accomplished community leaders, educators, and retired military officers to screen and personally interview prospective students seeking a nomination to one of the nation’s four Service Academies. This process is designed to assure an objective process by which each candidate is assessed for their overall attributes relating to future success at the Service Academies, while serving our country.

The committee members volunteer their time for the interviews, with many of them having served for numerous years. Major Gen. (Retired) James Dozier serves as the chairman of the Academy Nominations Advisory Committee.