January 7, 2014

Whitehouse Nominates Four Rhode Island Students for U.S. Service Academies

Providence, RI – Today, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse announced the nomination of four Rhode Islanders for consideration to the United States Service Academies.
Whitehouse has nominated Liam Rial of North Kingstown and Cori Sullivan of Tiverton to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Caroline Hamann of East Greenwich to the United States Military Academy at West Point, and Mauricio Agudelo of Pawtucket to the Unites States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs.
“I commend these four students for choosing to follow in the footsteps of our honorable servicemen and women, who every day make great sacrifices to protect this great nation,” said U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. “The United States Service Academies train our next generation of leaders, and these four students have demonstrated a commitment to service that makes them excellent candidates for admission. I’m proud to have the privilege as a member of Congress to nominate them for consideration.”
Members of Congress are allowed to nominate a limited number of candidates to the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. In addition to other eligibility criteria, Senator Whitehouse seeks to nominate applicants who have demonstrated leadership qualities, strong academic performance, and proven athletic ability.  The United States Service Academies offer young people a unique opportunity to obtain a first-class education and subsequently serve our country upon graduation as commissioned officers in the United States Military.
Nomination by a Member of Congress does not guarantee an appointment or an offer of admission.
About the nominees:
Liam Rial attends North Kingstown High School and is captain of the lacrosse team. He also coaches a youth hockey team, and is a member of his school’s leadership academy, a program that helps incoming freshman adjust to high school. He received the President’s Award for Education Excellence, and is a member of the National Honor Society and the Academic All-State Lacrosse Team. He also serves as the North Kingstown High School Representative to the 2nd District Youth Congressional Cabinet.
Cori Sullivan attends St. Mary Academy – Bay View in Riverside. She is on the Bay View sailing team, the competitive dance team, and the Tiverton Yacht Club’s sailing race team, and she also runs indoor track and field. She is a long-time piano student, and performs annually in her school’s musical production. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the National English Honor Society, and the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society.
Caroline Hamann attends East Greenwich High School. She has been the captain of the East Greenwich Rowing Club for the past three years. She also played Little League boys baseball through the 7th grade, and made the all-star team in 2009. She has been a counselor at the YMCA Coniston two-week overnight summer camp for the past six years and is a certified lifeguard.
Mauricio Agudelo attends Davies Career & Technical High School in Lincoln. Mauricio plays soccer on high school and club teams, and has been captain of his high school team for two years in a row. Last year, he earned all-division honors in soccer. He was the sole recipient of the URI Book Award at Davies and is a member of the National Honor Society, the Robotics Club, and the Civil Air Patrol. He also works part-time 20 hours a week to help support his family.

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