Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Buchanan Announces Service Academy Appointments

Jun 1, 2018
Press Release
Eight FL-16 Students Appointed to Service Academy
 
SARASOTA – U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan (FL-16) announced today that eight students nominated by Buchanan have received an appointment to a U.S. Service Academy.   
 
“I congratulate these outstanding young men and women for their appointments,” said Buchanan.  “They should take pride in having successfully competed with so many students from across the country.  It is an honor not only for them, but for all who have supported them along the way.  I wish them the best of luck and have every confidence that they will serve our nation with honor.”
 
Each year, members of the House and Senate nominate senior high school students they represent for admission to the U.S. Air Force, Merchant Marine, Military and Naval academies.  Applicants who meet strict qualifications are interviewed and recommended by a non-partisan Service Academy Board appointed by the Congressman.  
 
The following students nominated by Buchanan received an academy appointment for the fall:
 
Riverview High School and Hillsborough Community College student Hunter Prescott Arndt of Riverview was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy
Braden River High School student Kyle David Krage of Parrish was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy
Cardinal Mooney High School student Douglas Boozer Lumpkin of Sarasota was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy
Sarasota Military Academy student Lauren Georgette McMahan of Sarasota was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy
Sarasota Military Academy student Alexander William Murphy of  Bradenton was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy
Pine View student Christopher Robert Pelton of Osprey was appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy
Joe E. Newsome High School student Ryan Joseph Pfaffenbichler of Lithia was appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy
Manatee High School student Jovan Manuel Vasquez of Bradenton was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy
 
The U.S. Service Academies are four-year post-secondary institutions that combine educational excellence with military officer training. Students accepted to the academies receive a free four-year education in return for a commitment serve five-years in the active-duty military after graduation.