March 25, 2019

Hirono Announces Class of 2023 Nominees to U.S. Service Academies

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced her nomination list of 40 students to four of the U.S. military service academies for the Class of 2023. The academies are now considering the students’ applications for final selections.

There are five military service academies. Senator Hirono is proud to nominate these students to the following four: the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy does not use the nomination process.

Students seeking admission to a military service academy apply for a nomination from at least one of their U.S. Senators or their member in the U.S House of Representatives, and submit it for consideration along with their academic transcript. Then, each academy’s Director of Admissions selects from the Member’s submitted lists of nominees, though a Congressional nomination does not guarantee any applicant an appointment to the service academy. Students are measured on their scholastic achievement, leadership experience, school involvement, athletic and extra-curricular activities, community contributions, and volunteer or employment experiences.

Senator Hirono’s Class of 2023 Academy Nominations:

U.S. Naval Academy

  • Amanda-Marie Agustin, Punahou School
  • Luke Benavitz, Mililani High School
  • Anela Donachie, La Pietra School
  • Oscar Faivre, Kapolei High School
  • Jett Kaler, McKinley High School
  • Angelene-Tori Kekoolani, Mid-Pacific Institute
  • Rachelle-Marie Lariba, Kapolei High School
  • Jaesun Lee, Punahou School
  • Kira Merl, Island Pacific Academy
  • Leah Mills, Kaiser High School
  • Hunter Moxley, Home School
  • Isabella Ray Olaes, Kapolei High School
  • Jason Santiago, Active Duty Enlisted, U.S. Navy
  • Luke Schwab, Moanalua High School
  • Keane Singleton, Campbell High School
  • Tanner Souza, Damien Memorial School
  • Benjamin Swartz, Seabury Hall
  • Gilson Villanueva, Radford High School
  • Tristen Wanner, Radford High School
  • Richard Xu, Kapolei High School

U.S. Air Force Academy

  • Megan Casinillo, Aiea High School
  • Ryan Castillo, Mililani High School
  • Angelene-Tori Kekoolani, Mid-Pacific Institute
  • Sabrina Kim, Seoul American High School
  • Gunnar Locke, Punahou School
  • Samuel Melendrez, Mililani High School
  • Morgan Roberts, Radford High School
  • Xandria Roquid, Radford High School
  • Jadalee Takara, Roosevelt High School
  • Noah Tatsuyama, Punahou School

U.S. Military Academy at West Point

  • Carlito Ancheta, Seoul American High School
  • Shane Barry, Pearl City High School
  • Summer Cline, Leilehua High School
  • Ha‘ahula Crisistomo, Moanalua High School
  • Enjolique Hughes, Makua Lani Christian Academy
  • Renae Lallo, Seabury Hall
  • Frances Lim, Lanai High School
  • Denison Piosalan, Saint Louis School
  • Henry Scherer, Island School
  • Lorraine Sim, Punahou School

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

  • Kaimana Drago, Punahou School
  • Luke Schwab, Moanalua High School