U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner
Press Release

Sensenbrenner Announces 2019 Service Academy Nominations

"I am honored to nominate these outstanding young men and women to our nation’s service academies."

By - Jan 30th, 2019 02:24 pm

Brookfield, WI—Today, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) announced the nomination of 34 candidates from Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District for admission to the U.S. service academies.

Rep. Sensenbrenner: “I am honored to nominate these outstanding young men and women to our nation’s service academies. They have proven themselves to be exceptionally-gifted students and well-respected members of our community, and I am confident that they will become fine leaders in our military. I also thank the volunteers who serve on my Academy Selection Committee for helping identify the most qualified candidates in a very competitive field of applicants.”

Nominees are designated as “principal” or “alternate.” Principal nominees who meet academic, physical, and medical standards set by each academy are guaranteed an appointment to that academy. Alternate nominees compete for available slots should any principal nominees choose not to accept or fail to qualify for their appointment. Additionally, alternate nominees are part of a pool of applicants from which the academies select the incoming class.

The United States Merchant Marine Academy does not differentiate between principal and competing alternate nominations.

This year, Congressman Sensenbrenner nominated 34 students, including three principal nominees. They are as follows:

Principal Nominees:

Grace Ejnik of Whitewater has been named a principal nominee to the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. Grace, daughter of John Ejnik and Sara Norton, attends Whitewater High School.

Peter Ratnayake of Pewaukee has been named a principal nominee to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Peter, son of Yannick and Maureen Ratnayake, attends Marquette University High School.

Jessica Steger of Iron Ridge has been named a principal nominee to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Jessica, daughter of Steve Steger and Kristine Konitzer, attends Marion Military Institute.

Competing Alternate Nominees and United States Merchant Marine Academy Nominees:

Claire Albrecht of Brookfield has been named an alternate nominee to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Claire, daughter of Mark and Mary Albrecht, attends Wisconsin Lutheran High School.

Brooke Barreda of Brookfield has been named an alternate nominee to the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. Brooke, daughter of Aaron Barreda and Jennifer Harmeling, attends Brookfield Central High School.

August Beyer of Slinger has been named an alternate nominee to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. August, son of Paul and Julie Beyer, attends Marquette University.

Cassidy Brodeske of Watertown has been named an alternate nominee to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Cassidy, daughter of Kevin and Beth Brodeske, attends Watertown High School.

Kevin Carrig of Elm Grove has been named an alternate nominee to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Kevin, son of James and Jane Carrig, attends Marquette University High School.

Benjamin Didier of Wauwatosa has been named an alternate nominee to the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY and a nominee to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Benjamin, son of John and Jill Didier, attends Marquette University High School.

Jordan Edwards of Germantown has been named an alternate nominee to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Jordan, son of Mark and Margaret Edwards, attends Germantown High School.

Giovanni Gambatese of Pewaukee has been named an alternate nominee to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD and the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Giovanni, son of Timothy and Tracey Gambatese, attends Arrowhead High School.

Anthony Giampietro of Elm Grove has been named a nominee to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Anthony, son of Gordon P. and Mia C. Giampietro, attends Marquette University High School.

Austin Godwin of Germantown has been named a nominee to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Austin, son of Tom Godwin and Ingrid Kish, attends Germantown High School.

Tyler Guetzke of Hartland has been named an alternate nominee to the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. Tyler, son of Michael and Rebecca Guetzke, attends Arrowhead High School.

Ryan Hayden of Watertown has been named an alternate nominee to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Ryan, son of Seth and Amy Hayden, attends the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School.

Jaden Henneman of Whitewater
has been named an alternate nominee to the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. Jaden, daughter of John Pfinder and Stacey Henneman, attends Whitewater High School.

Jonah Hestetune of Menomonee Falls has been named a nominee to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Jonah, son of Marlon Hestetune and Jeanette Prince-Hestetune, attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jacob Kohlmeier of Wauwatosa has been named a nominee to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Jacob, son of James and Laura Kohlmeier, attends Milwaukee Lutheran High School.

Ryan Kops of Menomonee Falls has been named an alternate nominee to the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY and a nominee to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Ryan, son of Jeffery and Tammy Kops, currently attends Sussex-Hamilton High School.

Dominic Kowalik of Brookfield has been named an alternate nominee to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD and a nominee to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Dominic, son of Robert and Colette Kowalik, currently attends Marquette University High School.

Owen Krueger of Brookfield 
has been named a nominee to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Owen, son of Jason and Emily Kreuger, attends Brookfield East High School.

Robert Meier of Sussex has been named an alternate nominee to the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. Robert, son of Randy A. and Christine S. Meier, attends Arrowhead Union High School.

Brian Melching of Greenfield has been named an alternate nominee to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Brian, son of Charles Melching and Qiong Yang, attends Martin Luther High School.

Joseph Murphy of Hartland has been named an alternate nominee to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Joseph, son of John and Mary Hirthe Murphy, attends Trinity Academy.

Troy Nachtigal of Fort Atkinson has been named an alternate nominee to the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. Troy, son of Terry and Julie Nachtigal, attends the United States Military Academy Preparatory School.

Michael Naze of Oconomowoc has been named an alternate nominee to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Michael, son of Scott and Richelle Naze, attends the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School.

Adam Pelzman of Jackson has been named an alternate nominee to the United States Air Force Acadmey. Pelzman, son of John and Victoria Pelzman, attends the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School.

Savannah Peterson of Waukesha has been named an alternate nominee to the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. Savannah, daughter of Steven and Marites Peterson, attends Divine Savior Holy Angels High School.

Jackson Raad of West Bend has been named an alternate nominee to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Jackson, son of Nader and Brenda Raad, attends West Bend West High School.

John Reardon of Oconomowoc has been named an alternate nominee to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. John, son of Kevin and Christine Reardon, attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Evan Sievers of Slinger
has been named an alternate nominee to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO and a nominee to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Evan, son of Daren and Michelle Sievers, attends Slinger High School.

Everett Vallier of Waukesha has been named an alternate nominee to the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. Everett, son of Joel and Whitney Vallier, attends Waukesha North High School.

Emily Willis of Pewaukee has been named an alternate nominee to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Emily, daughter of James and Susanne Willis, attends Pewaukee High School.

Margaret Wright of Waukesha 
has been named an alternate nominee to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Margaret, daughter of John and Jean Wright, attends Catholic Memorial High School.

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