U.S. Rep Josh Gottheimer congratulates District 5 students on their U.S. service academy nominations. (Photo provided).
GLEN ROCK - On Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, local high school students from District 5 were congratulated for being nominated to one of the four U.S. service academies; the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Nominees must now be admitted by the academies to matriculate. U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) selected the students through the counsel of a community advisory board comprised of local leaders and veterans who have served in different branches of the armed forces. They help Gottheimer select the best, brightest, most well-rounded group of students to be nominated. “Each one of them has displayed excellence in academics, athletics, and in their communities and I am so impressed and so proud of what they’ve accomplished and what they will accomplish," said Rep. Gottheimer. "Their dedication to service is admirable." The local nominees are; Chase Nugnes of Newton (U.S Naval Academy), Jason Zilberfarb of Andover Township (U.S. Naval Academy), Shawn Burke of Hackettstown (U.S. Merchant Marine Academy), Kerem Ayhan of Hackettstown (U.S. Naval Academy), Thomas Germano of Wantage (U.S. Merchant Marine Academy). The full list of students nominated is below. More information about the nomination process is available on Gottheimer’s House website. Thomas Bizub- United States Military Academy- Wyckoff Michael Centanni- United States Military Academy- Haworth Cayla Chmiolek- United States Military Academy- Wyckoff Ryan DiCaprio- United States Military Academy- Woodcliff Lake Raymond Jin- United States Military Academy- Fair Lawn Dongyeon Kim- United States Military Academy- Closter Hannah Kim- United States Military Academy- Westwood Joshua Kim- United States Military Academy- Glen Rock Michelle Szegda- United States Military Academy- Harrington Park Colin Adamo- United States Naval Academy- River Vale Roya Aliha- United States Naval Academy- Oakland Kerem Ayhan- United States Naval Academy- Hackettstown Ashley Chung- United States Naval Academy- Old Tappan Nicole Choi- United States Naval Academy- Paramus Emily McCausland- United States Naval Academy- Paramus Chase Nugnes- United States Naval Academy- Newton Aliha Reid- United States Naval Academy- Bergenfield Justin Wang- United States Naval Academy- Closter Jason Zilberfarb- United States Naval Academy- Andover Twp Shawn Burke- United States Merchant Marine Academy- Hackettstown Thomas Germano- United States Merchant Marine Academy- Wantage Nico Savino- United States Merchant Marine Academy- Emerson Kevin Seo- United States Air Force Academy- Old Tappan Gavin Peene- United States Air Force Academy- Ridgewood