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WILMINGTON – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) announced the names of his service academy nominees for the Class of 2019, bringing these Delawareans one step closer to joining the ranks of America’s military officers. Each year, members of the United States Congress are charged with nominating top candidates from their home state, ensuring the best and the brightest are considered for admission to the nation’s leading service academies. 

“Our service academies are tasked with developing tomorrow’s leaders,” said Sen. Carper. “These students have shown the potential to contribute significantly to our nation’s future successes. The integrity, intelligence, and dedication demonstrated by this group of nominees is outstanding and I am proud to say they are among Delaware’s finest.”

Senator Carper’s nominations to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs:

  • Jeffrey Bailey - Newark
  • Jared Carpenter - Bear
  • Abdias Girardi - Millsboro
  • Jonathan Maurer - Magnolia
  • Matthew Oliver - Newark
  • Robert Shiflet - Camden
  • Sam Tima - Middletown
  • Thomas Spell - Hockessin

Senator Carper’s nominations to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis:

  • Heaven Bailey - Smyrna
  • Luke Borda - Wilmington
  • Anderson Camp – Middletown
  • Ryan Hersch - Wilmington
  • Calvin Lawson - Lewes
  • Jonathan Mendez - Newark
  • Stefano Pineda - Hockessin
  • Tyler Ramos - Bridgeville
  • Riley Reif - Milford
  • Jackson Zolper – Rehoboth Beach

Senator Carper’s nominations to the United States Military Academy in West Point:

  • Sean Devine - Wilmington
  • Jonathan Maurer - Magnolia
  • Matthew Oliver - Newark
  • Robert Shiftlet - Camden
  • Seung Son - Frankford
  • Thomas Spell - Hockessin
  • Matthew Wiegner - Middletown
  • Jarod Wilson - Newark

Senator Carper’s nominations to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point:

  • Joseph Cjazkowski - Smyrna
  • Daniel Lowe - Lewes
  • Matthew Oliver - Newark
  • Kyle Orton - Lewes
  • Cameron Palmer - Wilmington
  • Devin “Kai” Vitella - Milton