January 22, 2015


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced her nomination list of 32 students to the U.S. military service academies for the Class of 2019. The students’ applications are now being considered by the four academies for final selections. The four military service academies are: the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

“Inspired by the many generations of Hawaii men and women who have answered the call to service, these young adults exemplify the finest of our island state. I am proud to nominate these candidates and certain that each of them will represent Hawaii in fine fashion as the continue the application process,” said Senator Hirono.

U.S. Senators and Representatives submit nominations to the four service academies. Each academy’s director of admissions then selects from the submitted lists of nominees who are measured on their scholastic achievement, leadership experience, school involvement, athletic and extra-curricular activities, community contributions and volunteer or employment experiences. Nomination does not guarantee appointment.


Senator Hirono’s Class of 2019 Academy Nominations:

U.S. Naval Academy

  • Lael Y. Sommer (Kailua), Punahou School
  • Gordan H. Kowalkowski (Honolulu), Punahou School
  • Rebecca Walton (Waipio), Mid-Pacific Institute
  • Kimberly M. Uehisa (Honolulu), Island Pacific Academy
  • Nicole Grimm (Kailua), Kalaheo High School
  • Trevyn H. Maruyama (Ewa Beach), Iolani School
  • Benjamin M. Wuthrich (Kihei), Baldwin High School
  • Tyler M. Kiyota (Kihei), Seabury Hall
  • Kristen N. Kadooka (Kailua), Naval Academy Preparatory School
  • Rene A. Valentine (Honolulu), Damien Memorial School

U.S. Air Force Academy

  • Angela L. Ortiz (Honolulu), Kalani High School
  • Sarina K. Wyrick (Hilo), St. Joseph School
  • David V. Kop (Honolulu), Punahou School
  • Christine Lew (Ewa Beach), Campbell High School
  • Noah H. Faurot (Kailua), Kamehameha Schools - Kapalama
  • Koa A. Knitter (Honolulu), New Mexico Military Institute
  • Thomas N. Tibbetts (Honolulu), Punahou School
  • Noah N. Crabbe (Honolulu), Kamehameha Schools - Kapalama
  • Austin L. Faulkner (Honolulu), Moanalua High School
  • Haoran D. Deng (Wailuku), Baldwin High School

U.S. Military Academy at West Point

  • Nathanael H. Endo (Waianae), Waianae High School
  • Jake T. Dohrn (Honolulu), Punahou School
  • Hallie H. Pound (Kailua), Sacred Hearts Academy
  • Kate M. Machorek (Kalaheo), Kauai Community College
  • Autumn-Rose K. Begley (Kapaa), Kapaa High School
  • Michael Chasen (Kula), Seabury Hall
  • Rene A. Valentine (Honolulu), Damien Memorial School
  • Sarah E. Preston (Honolulu), Moanalua High School
  • Matthew J. Lee (Honolulu), Punahou School
  • Robert T. Heckman (Kailua), Punahou School

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

  • Matthew K. Mori (Kula), King Kekaulike High School
  • Micah K. B. Faurot (Kailua), Windward Community College