Local high schoolers nominated


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