U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand recently announced her nominations of local high schoolers to the nation’s service institutions – the United States Air Force, Military, Naval and Merchant Marine Academies.
“Our military academies are distinguished by a devotion to honor, courage and commitment,” she said in a release listing her nominees. “I am honored to nominate these young, talented New Yorkers who exemplify these core values. It is my hope that the accomplished nominees have the chance to live their dreams and serve in our country’s armed forces with distinction.”
Gillibrand chose candidates based on their academic records, leadership potential and overall achievements.
Local kids getting the nod were: Nicole Castro of Mahopac, Matthew C. O’Dowd of Congers, Benjamin R. Berkley of Chappaqua and Ariel Coreth of Mount Kisco, who are all applying to the U.S. Naval Academy.
Nominees for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point are: Hyangshim Kwak of Tarrytown and Kristian Hill of Ardsley.
Timothy B. Walsh of Cortlandt Manor was nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Best of luck to all of them.