Rep. Mazie K. Hirono has announced her nomination five Maui County residents and 24 other students from Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District to the U.S. military service academies' Class of 2017.
Hirono's nominations include the following Maui County students:
* To the U.S. Air Force Academy: Kai'ea Hokoana of Wailuku, Kamehameha Schools Maui; Jez-Arvin Ramil of Kihei, USAF Prep School and Maui High School; and Daniel Reynolds of Kahului and Portsmouth, R.I., Portsmouth High School.
* To the U.S. Military Academy at West Point: Michael Clarion of Wailuku, Seabury Hall; and Sheylin Patao of Kahului, Kamehameha Schools Maui.
The four American service academies are the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Each year, U.S. representatives and senators make nominations to the four service academies. Each academy admissions office then selects from the congressional nominations. To be eligible for nomination, students submitted an application and references and met certain scholastic, leadership, community service and extracurricular requirements. Nomination does not guarantee appointment. The nominees are now being considered by the academies for final appointments for the fall semester of 2013.