McMorris Rodgers Celebrates 6 Students Appointed to Service Academies at Annual Reception

Spokane, Wash. – Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05)  hosted her annual Service Academy Reception this week to celebrate the appointment of 6 high school students she nominated to attend one of the nation’s prestigious service academies. 

“One of the best parts of my job is having the opportunity to nominate a select few of the best and brightest young people to represent Eastern Washington at our nation’s military academies,” said Rodgers. “This year, six of these incredible nominees received appointments, charting them on a course to be the future leaders of our Armed Forces. I am so proud of each one of them for achieving this goal, and I continue to be inspired by their decision to put service before self. Congratulations, and may God bless them as they begin this next chapter!”

Each year, Cathy nominates students from Eastern Washington interested in receiving an appointment to one of America’s service academies. Nominations are made on a competitive basis, using criteria determined by the academies to be indicative of one’s potential for success in the military. 

The following six Eastern Washington students met the extensive qualifications required for a nomination from Cathy and received an appointment to one or more of the military academies:

Anthony Todd, Riverside High School

United States Naval Academy 

Joshua Courtney, College Place High School 

United States Military Academy

Luke Zwiesler, Mount Spokane High School 

United States Merchant Marine Academy

Parker Brown, Mead Senior High School 

United States Air Force Academy

Matthew Buck, West Valley High School

United States Military Academy

Elijah Skidmore, University High School 

United States Military Academy

NOTE: Applications for military academy nominations are now open for this year. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2022. For more information on eligibility requirements or how to apply, please visit our website or call (509) 353-2374.


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