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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

Congressman Gonzalez Announces 10 South Texas Students Have Received Offers to Attend U.S. Service Academies

May 2, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is pleased to announce that 10 students from the 15th District of Texas have received offers to attend the U.S. Service Academies. These academies include the: U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. (West Point); U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.; U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md; and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.

“These 10 students represent some of the very best that South Texas has to offer,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “It is truly an honor to have been a part of this process and a privilege to nominate all who applied. I look forward to witnessing the continued success of these brave heroes of tomorrow who will go on to serve their country honorably after earning an education from these prestigious institutions of higher learning.”

The application process for most U.S. Service Academies involves receiving a nomination from a U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, the Vice President, or the President. Once the nomination is confirmed, the academy will review the candidate to determine admission. Students who are accepted become scholar soldiers at some of the most prestigious institutions in America.

In December 2017, Congressman Gonzalez partnered with his Academy Advisory Board comprised of Ellie Torres, Yolanda Cuellar, and Juan Carlos Guerra. The Academy Advisory Board interviewed the candidates and made recommendations to the congressman. In January 2018, Congressman Gonzalez and the Advisory Board selected 17 outstanding students from the 15th District of Texas for an appointment to one of our nation’s service academies.

The nominated students who have received offers are as follows:

  • Carter J. Breu of Samuel Clemens High School, offer to the U.S. Air Force Academy;
  • John LeAllen Buerger III of Seguin High School, offer to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point);
  • Corbin Deviney of Catoctin High School, offer to the U.S. Naval Academy;
  • Trevor Lee Foutz of Byron P. Steele II High School, offer to the U.S. Air Force Academy;
  • Natalia Gutierrez of Saint Stephens Episcopal School, offer to the U.S. Air Force Academy;
  • Haylee Alisa Konecny of the Science Academy of South Texas, conditional offer to the U.S. Naval Academy;
  • Bailey Larry of Byron P. Steele II High School, offer to the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School;
  • Brandon Morales of IDEA Toros College Prep, offer to the U.S. Air Force Academy;
  • Marciano Angelo Parisano of Byron P. Steele II High School, offer to the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School;
  • Dylan Stanley of IDEA Toros College Prep, offer to the U.S. Air Force Academy;

Applicants need to be of appropriate age, have an aptitude for leadership, and possess the commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. The congressman would like to thank all that applied and advises interested students to apply for a congressional nomination to one of these academies by clicking here.

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