By Ben Olson
United States Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) announced Monday the nomination of 44 Idaho students to the nation’s military academies. The students’ applications are now being considered by four of the U.S. academies where final selections will be made.
“One of the honors of my role as Idaho’s U.S. Senator is nominating distinguished students to the U.S. military services academies,” said Crapo in a statement. “By pursuing higher education in one of these academies, these students demonstrate their strong commitment to service and country.”
Of the 44 students nominated, five were from students from or near Bonner County. Kyle Almeida and Dutton Rogers from Sandpoint, Victor Rae from Bonners Ferry and Rafael Zamora from Bayview were nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. Garrett Moen from Rathdrum and Zamora were also nominated to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y.
Each year, U.S. senators and representatives make nominations to four of the service academies. To qualify for a nomination, each student submitted an application and references and met certain scholastic requirements under a deadline. A nomination does not guarantee acceptance. Those wishing to apply for future nominations should contact Karen Roetter in Crapo’s North Idaho Office in Coeur d’Alene at (208) 664-5490.
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