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Newhouse Nominates 17 Central Washington Students to U.S. Military Academies

January 30, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) announced that he has nominated 17 students across Central Washington for consideration to attend U.S. military academies including the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, and U.S. Air Force Academy. The nominations follow an interview process that included Rep. Newhouse’s military service academy advisory board, and the final determination for admittance will be made by the respective academies. The honor of attending a service academy comes with the obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.  

“Attending one of our nation’s military academies is a prestigious and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young people across the United States, and it is my honor to nominate these students from Central Washington,” said Rep. Newhouse. “These young men and women have demonstrated their commitment, and I am inspired by their determination to serve and protect our country. A special thank you to my service academy advisory board who helped review these extraordinary applicants. I wish them the best of luck as they continue through the service academy application process, and I cannot wait to see their bright futures unfold.”

U.S. Air Force Academy Nominees

Ryan Child of Kennewick
Ryan Child is a graduate of Kamiakin High School and currently attends the U.S. Air Force Academy Prep School. He is the son of Scott and Viola Child.

Brooklyn Ford of Kennewick
Brooklyn Ford is a senior at Kamiakin High School. She is the daughter of Greg and Amy Ford.

Amanda Fraga of Richland
Amanda Fraga is a senior at Hanford High School. She is the daughter of Carlos and Trish Fraga.

Brendan Harkin of Kennewick
Brendan Harkin is a senior at Kennewick High School. He is the son of Shane and Jeanette Thomas.

Lochlyn Hoberg of Yakima
Lochlyn Hoberg is a senior at Davis High School. She is the daughter of Chester and Anna Hoberg.

Sydney Kison of Richland
Sydney Kison is a senior at Hanford High School. She is the daughter of Jeffrey and Deborah Kison.

Kamden Kuykendall of Moses Lake
Kamden Kuykendall is a senior at Moses Lake High School. He is the son of Kurtis and Shellee Kuykendall.

Elle Lancaster of Selah
Elle Lancaster is a senior at La Salle High School. She is the daughter of Craig and Kirsten Lancaster.

Ashley Nies of Pasco
Ashley Nies is a senior at Tri-Cities Prep School. She is the daughter of Timothy and Joelle Nies.

Nicole Porcaro of Richland
Nicole Porcaro is a senior at Hanford High School. She is the daughter of Paul and Melissa Porcaro.

Paige Raebel of Kennewick
Paige Raebel is a senior at Kennewick High School. She is the daughter of Jamie and Jill Raebel.

U.S. Naval Academy Nominees

Elle Lancaster of Selah
Elle Lancaster is a senior at La Salle High School. She is the daughter of Craig and Kirsten Lancaster.

Nicole Porcaro of Richland
Nicole Porcaro is a senior at Hanford High School. She is the daughter of Paul and Melissa Porcaro.

Christian Ramirez of Moses Lake
Christian Ramirez is a senior at Moses Lake High School. He is the son of Abram and Kelly Ramirez.

Nicholas Zito of Kennewick
Nicholas Zito is a senior at Hanford High School. He is the son of Jerald and Eugenia Zito.

U.S. Military Academy Nominees

Amanda Fraga of Richland
Amanda Fraga is a senior at Hanford High School. She is the daughter of Carlos and Trish Fraga.

Jim Hirai of Moses Lake
Jim Hirai is a senior at Moses Lake Christian Academy. He is the son of Rick and Amy Hirai.

Lochlyn Hoberg of Yakima
Lochlyn Hoberg is a senior at Davis High School. She is the daughter of Chester and Anna Hoberg.

William Jennings of Winthrop
William Jennings is a senior at the Marine Military Academy. He is the son of Paul and Kate Jennings.

Elle Lancaster of Selah
Elle Lancaster is a senior at La Salle High School. She is the daughter of Craig and Kirsten Lancaster.

Samuel Myers of Yakima
Samuel Myers is a senior at Riverside Christian School. He is the son of Samuel and Jennifer Myers.

Grant Pickett of Yakima
Grant Pickett is a senior at West Valley High School. He is the son of Bill and Laura Pickett.

Nicole Porcaro of Richland
Nicole Porcaro is a senior at Hanford High School. She is the daughter of Paul and Melissa Porcaro.

Nicholas Zito of Kennewick
Nicholas Zito is a senior at Hanford High School. He is the son of Jerald and Eugenia Zito.