Maine’s Second District Congressman Bruce Poliquin recently nominated 18 students from Maine’s Second District to attend one of the nation’s prestigious military service academies next year, according to a news release from Poliquin.

The nominees were informed by the recommendations of his distinguished Service Academy Nomination Advisory Board, which personally interviewed student applicants last month in Bangor. That board included military, community and educational leaders and had nearly 200 years of combined service in the United States Army, Air Force and Navy.

To be considered for appointment to a service academy, applicants must be nominated by a Member of Congress or other authorized nominating source. The following is the full list of Second District students who received Poliquin’s nomination as candidates to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York; the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York:

Joseph Baumann, Leeds, Leavitt Area High School: U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Military Academy;

Emma Bonner, Easton, Easton Jr./Sr. High School: U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Military Academy;

Blake Bourassa, Bangor, Bangor High School: U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Military Academy;

Rebekah Bryant, Monmouth, Monmouth Academy: U.S. Air Force Academy;

Anna Cutler, Winter Harbor, Phillips Exeter Academy: U.S. Naval Academy;

Seth Davis, Liberty, Mount View High School: U.S. Military Academy;

Candace Doughty, Brewer, Brewer High School: U.S. Air Force Academy;

Sarah Eaton, Cherryfield, Narraguagus High School: U.S. Naval Academy;

Connor Grant, Houlton, Houlton High School: U.S. Air Force Academy;

Todd Gustaitis, Otisfield, Oxford Hills Comprehensive School: U.S. Military Academy;

Chase Harkins, Bethel, Gould Academy: U.S. Military Academy;

Emma Knapp, Fryeburg, Vicenza American High School: U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Military Academy;

Anna Lastra, Fryeburg, Fryeburg Academy: U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Naval Academy;

Steven Minns, Wilton, Mount Blue High School: U.S. Military Academy;

Cassidy Osgood, Cherryfield, Narraguagus High School: U.S. Air Force Academy;

Meredith Picard, Troy, Mount View High School: U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy;

Scott Pierce, Auburn, Buckfield High School: U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy;

and Felix Thibodeau, Hermon, Nokomis Regional High School: U.S. Military Academy.

The 2016 application period for Second District students seeking nomination to a military service academy from Congressman Poliquin in 2016 will open in May. Additionally, Congressman Poliquin urges military service academy graduates and other Veterans in need of assistance to call his offices in Lewiston at 784-0768, Bangor at 942-0583 or Presque Isle or 764-1968 or visit poliquin.house.gov.


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