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Congressman Darren Soto

Representing the 9th District of Florida

Soto Announces 12 Appointments to U.S. Service Academies from Central FL

May 8, 2018
Press Release

 U.S. Congressman Darren Soto is proud to announce 12 students from Central Florida’s Congressional District 9 have received and accepted appointments to U.S. Military Service Academies, well above the average number of appointments from congressional districts.

“We are so proud of our students from Central Florida who have shown outstanding leadership and commitment to service,” stated Rep. Darren Soto. “It has been my honor to recommend such deserving young men and women to the prestigious U.S. Military Service Academies. I also want to extend my congratulations to the families, schools’ faculty and staff, and everyone in our community who have helped raise such stellar leaders. I have no doubt our students will represent Central Florida honorably and make our country proud. Our military will continue to be the most powerful in the world thanks to its bright future servicemembers. Congratulations to all of you!”

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. The nomination process is highly competitive and requires Congressional nomination.  Rep. Darren Soto thanks all involved in the nomination review process, including his staff and the military advisory committee, which is made up of Central Florida veterans. The Committee conducts interviews with the nominees and makes critical recommendations to Rep. Soto’s office.

Students who have received appointments include:

Student Name

Service Academy

High School

Abygayle Rausch

US Naval Academy

Auburndale Senior High School

Collin Hickey

US Air Force Academy

St. Cloud High School

Deanna Guzman

US Air Force Academy

Celebration High School

Dominick DeFazio

US Air Force Academy

Brussels High School

JonAnthony Bartley-Morales

US Military Academy

Lake Nona High School

Joshua Uyeda

US Naval Academy

Colonial High School

Kelly Alksninis

US Naval Academy

Celebration High School

Khadijah McClean

US Naval Academy

Liberty High School

Lucille Gabrovic*

US Merchant Marine Academy

Lake Brantley High School

Sara Lirosi

US Merchant Marine Academy

Lake Nona High School

Skylar Franz

US Military Academy

St. Cloud High School

Veronica Tilley

US Military Academy

Bishop Moore Catholic High School

 

*Also nominated by Senators Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio and Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy.