U.S. Senator Tim Scott announced last week the nominations of 45 South Carolina students to the United States Military Service Academies for the class of 2021, including the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York; the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.
In advance of this round of nominations, staff from Scott’s state offices hosted 12 informational sessions across the state.
“It is such an honor and privilege to nominate some of our state’s future leaders to our country’s military service academies,” Scott said. “For me, this is one of the best parts of my job. Each year, I look forward to taking the opportunity to review hundreds of applications from young people who have the passion and willingness to serve our country. My office received applications from so many impressive students from every part of the state, and I am confident they will go to their respective service academies and represent our state and country well.”
Scott’s nominations, including the student’s high school and hometown and county, for the class of 2021 are as follows:
U.S. Naval Academy – Annapolis, Maryland
James Anthony, Gatson Day School (Lake Wylie)
Michael Hovart, Christ Church Episcopal School (Greenville)
Kathleen Konicki, Cardinal Newman High School (Elgin)
Joshua Musiol, Waccamaw High School (Pawleys Island)
Darius Nwokike, Academic Magnet High School (Charleston)
Alton O’Neal, Homeward Education Association (Summerville)
Alexander Pastis, Academic Magnet High School (Charleston)
Madeline Prince, Hilton Head Island High School (Hilton Head)
James Rogers, A.C. Flora High School (Columbia)
Elice Walrath, Indian Land High School (Fort Mill)
U.S. Military Academy – West Point, New York
Carleton Bailiff, Westwod High School (Blythewood)
Jonathan-Scott Davidson, Clover High School (Clover)
Ryan Harp, Spartanburg High School (Spartanburg)
Harrison Hemminghaus, Blythewood High School (Columbia)
Francis McConnell, Orangeburg Preparatory Schools (Orangeburg)
Harrison Mills, J.L. Mann High School (Greenville)
Charles Shaw, J.L. Mann High School(Greenville)
Blake Watson, Clover High School (Lake Wylie)
Hunter Werts, Mid-Carolina High School (Prosperity)
*Hunter has also been nominated to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
U.S. Air Force Academy – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Nassim Al-Nawasreh, J.L. Mann High School (Simpsonville)
Ta’Vonne Bond, Irmo High School (Columbia)
Charles Bootle, The McCallie School (Beaufort)
Isabel Eicher, Academic Magnet High School (Johns Island)
Zachary Gabert, Blythewood High School (Blythewood)
*Zachary has also been nominated to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
Rodney Gause, Stratford High School (Goose Creek)
Michael Goltra, Academic Magnet High School (Mount Pleasant)
Paul Hendrix, South Carolina Connections Academy (Murrells Inlet)
Robert King, Cardinal Newman High School (Columbia)
Juliana Lehnerova, Ashley Ridge High School (Summerville)
Brianna Lewis, Southside High School (Simpsonville)
Alec McGahee, Wade Hampton High School (Greenville)
Nia-SeomneMcIntyre, Stratford High School (North Charleston)
Jacob Nantz, Hohenfels High School(Clinton)
Connor Slattery, River Bluff High School (Lexington)
Devyn White, Queen of Heaven Academy (Mount Pleasant)
*Devyn has also been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy.
Cullen Wojewodka, Wando High School (Mount Pleasant)
Connor Young, Academic Magnet High School (Mount Pleasant)
Paul Zielinski, Vicenza High School (Clinton)
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy – Kings Point, New York
Dalton Barefoot, Belton-Honea Path High School (Belton)
Jeffrey Comer, York Comprehensive High School (McConnells)
Jonah Crosby, Waccamaw High School (Pawleys Island)
William Lacey, James Island Charter School (Charleston)
*William has also been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Christopher McCorkendale, Heritage Academy (Hilton Head)
Alex Parker, Northwestern High School (Rock Hill)
Eric Vettel, Bishop England High School (Charleston)
To be considered for an appointment to a service academy, applicants must be nominated by a Member of Congress or other authorized nominating source. However, final admission is determined by the respective academy.
To be considered for a nomination from Scott, students were required to submit an application, SAT/ACT scores, high school transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. Each candidate was then interviewed by community and business leaders and distinguished members of the military, including many alumni of one of the service academies.
South Carolina students interested in applying for future nominations or for more information about the nomination process to the Service Academy can call the Service Academy Coordinator at (864) 233-5366