Tri-Cities & Yakima students nominated for U.S. Military Academies

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KENNEWICK, Wash. — Eight students from the Tri-Cities and Yakima have been nominated to attend U.S. Military Academies by a prominent Central Washington Congressmen.

According to the office of Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), eight students from across the Tri-Cities: Kennewick, Richland, and Pasco, plus Yakima have taken their first steps toward attending some of the most prestigious educational programs in the United States.

Three Richland residents have been nominated: Lana Lilley, Reid Oldfield and Julia Haggard.

Per Rep. Newhouse’s office, Lilley is a senior at Delta High School is part of Central Washington University’s Running Start program. She is a candidate for the U.S. Air Force Academy.

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Oldfield is a senior at Hanford High School and is part of Washington State University’s Running Start program. He is a candidate for the U.S. Air Force Acedemy and the U.S. Naval Academy.

Haggard is a senior at Southridge High School and is part of Washington State University’s Running Start program. She is a candidate for the U.S. Military Academy.

Two candidates for the U.S. Air Force Acedemy represent Yakima on this list: Jaden Rossmeisl, a senior at West Valley High School, and Ace Federspiel, a senior at Davis High School.

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Zayne Maughan, a graduate of Chiawana High School and freshman at Brigham Young University, is the only Pascoan on this list.

Kamiakin High School in the Tri-Cities has two people representing it: Senior Jaxin McCallum and Graduate Jonah Raebel, who is currently a freshman at the University of Arizona.

“Attending one of our nation’s military service academies is a prestigious and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It is my honor to nominate some of Central Washington’s brightest and most accomplished students to these institutions,” said Rep. Newhouse. “These young men and women represent the very best of our communities, and their determination to serve and protect our country should inspire us all. A special thank you to my service academy advisory board who helped review these extraordinary applicants. I wish them the best of luck as they continue through the service academy application process, and I cannot wait to see what their futures hold.”


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