Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced today her nominations of Long Islanders to the nation’s leading service institutions – the United States Air Force, Military, Naval and Merchant Marine Academies.
A selection committee formed by Senator Gillibrand chose the nominees from a large group of qualified applicants. Decisions were based on criteria including academic record, leadership potential, and overall achievement. Final acceptance is determined solely by the service academies.
“Our Service Academies are distinguished by a devotion to honor, courage and commitment,” said Senator Gillibrand. “I am honored to nominate these young, talented New Yorkers who exemplify these core values. It is my hope that the accomplished nominees have the chance to live their dreams and serve in our country’s armed forces with distinction.”
Dillon Burke (Rockville Centre, Nassau County) United States Military Academy at West Point
Patrick Deegan (Lynbrook, Nassau County) United States Merchant Marine Academy
Andreis Feder (Oyster Bay, Nassau County) United States Naval Academy
Katharine Kopinski (Roslyn, Nassau County) United States Air Force Academy
Rose Lee (Great Neck, Nassau County) United States Merchant Marine Academy
Mary Catherine Zehnder (Carle Place, Nassau County) United States Merchant Marine Academy
Jake Cherkes (Hauppauge, Suffolk County) United States Naval Academy
Kasee Hofler (Holbrook, Suffolk County) United States Merchant Marine Academy
Matthew Miller (Smithtown, Suffolk County) United States Air Force Academy
Kendall Mockridge (Center Moriches, Suffolk County) United States Merchant Marine Academy
Yasmeen Mohammad (Bay Shore, Suffolk County) United States Air Force Academy