Some 43 high school students across the state have been nominated by Sen. Brian Schatz to attend one of four prestigious service academies.
With Schatz's nomination, the 43 students are now being considered for appointment by the U.S. Service Academies which include the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Military Academy, the United States Naval Academy and the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
The students nominated are: Edward-James Adachi, Honolulu, Saint Louis School Bailey Alabanza, Kailua, Iolani School Keeanna Andres, Kaneohe, Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Nicholas Balabis, Kaneohe, Kalaheo High School Tessa Joy Barbosa, Honolulu, Punahou School Zachary Bell, Aiea, University Laboratory School Julia Boykin, Ewa Beach, Kalaheo High School Cagla Brennan, Waipahu, Iolani School Caleb Burnett, Aiea, Damien Memorial High School Andreas Casillas, Honolulu, Radford High School Jared Castaneda, Honolulu, Saint Louis School Anthony Corey, Kailua, Kalaheo High School Saiaiga Fautanu, Ewa Beach, Iolani School Kaalakaiopono Faurot, Ewa Beach, Punahou School Jolie Fujita, Honolulu, Punahou School Kainalu Gandia, Kapaa (Kauai), Kapaa High School (West Point Preparatory School) Bianca Gendreau, Honolulu, Le Jardin Academy Kainoa Gnos, Kailua, Le Jardin Academy Devon Hartsell, Lawai (Kauai), Waimea High School (West Point Preparatory-Schreiner University) Curtis Hayashi, Honolulu, Punahou School David Holloway, Kapolei, Mililani High School Zachary Hughes, Honolulu, Mid-Pacific Institute Christopher Jenkins, Ewa Beach, Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Zoey Johnson, Kailua, Punahou School Kamaehu Kamaka, Kailua, Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Amadou Kone, Honolulu, Radford High School Matthew Kop, Honolulu, Punahou School Scott Lam, Honolulu, Damien Memorial High School Alexander Lee, Mililani, Mililani High School Ragan Leslie, Kealakekua (Hawai‘i), Konawaena High School Rayna Miranda, Honolulu, Roosevelt High School Ana Oglivie, Kapolei, Iolani School Anh-Thu Pham, Burke (Virginia), Lake Braddock High School Keely Purington, Kailua, Kalaheo High School Anessa Ridley, Honolulu, Moanalua High School Tanner Ritchey, Ewa Beach, Kapolei High School Jennifer Serrano Gervais, Hilo (Hawai‘i), Hilo High School Peyton Sommer, Kailua, Punahou School Caleb Soo Hoo, Kula (Maui), H.P. Baldwin High School Alexander Springer, Kapolei, Kapolei High School (JAPAN) Harlie Stone, Makawao (Maui) Haleakala Waldorf School Jackson Xu, Honolulu, Roosevelt High School Ariana York, Mililani, Mililani High School
The students were nominated based off academic merit, leadership skills, athletics and overall community service. Student were selected by a panel that included Allen Hoe, a decorated Vietnam War veteran and current Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for East Hawai‘i.