Rep. Hank Johnson celebrates U.S. Service Academy nominations

February 8, 201910min6771
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Congressman Hank Johnson and Tuskegee Airmen Val Archer (center) join 2019 U.S. Service Academy nominees for a picture on Feb.4 4 at the ART Station in Stone Mountain.  

Rep. Hank Johnson celebrates U.S.

Service Academy nominations

Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) has announced his office nominated 35 students to attend a U.S. Service Academy: Military Academy (West Point), Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Coast Guard Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy and the ROTC.

This year’s 35 nominees are the most for any single year nominated by Rep. Johnson.

Two students were nominated for the Merchant Marines, 14 for the Navy, seven for the Air Force, 10 for West Point and 12 for the ROTC.

The Congressman’s office will announce official service academy appointments between May and June.

Every year, members of Congress nominate students to attend the nation’s military academies. Those nominees who are accepted into the academies are awarded four-year scholarships that include tuition, books, room and board, medical and dental care. The average award per appointment is worth $425,000. The 12 ROTC students will receive scholarship funds that total $120,000.

“Each year, I consider it an honor to send you off on your journey to our esteemed institutions where you will be educated, trained, and inspired to help shoulder the wheel in defense of our nation,” Johnson told the students at a reception held at the Art Station in Stone Mountain. “All of you are outstanding young people and you have the kind of leadership skills necessary to be successful in school, business and in life.”

This year’s February reception included a special guest who is the embodiment of black history. World War II veteran Val Archer, who served as a Tech Sgt. with the Tuskegee Airmen, was on hand at the reception to join Johnson in taking pictures with the Service Academy nominees and their families.

“I want to thank Mr. Archer for his service and commitment to our great nation,” said Johnson. “This night is very special to me because I know that the young people here with us today are some of the future protectors of our prosperity and freedoms that make this nation great.”


Student Nominated to School Age  
Abigail Flores ROTC Columbia High School 17  
Alex Burgess West Point Woodward Academy 18  
Alexander Kirkland Air Force Brookwood High School 18  
Alexander Mobley West Point/Air Force/ Navy Gwinnett Online Campus School 17  
Ana’Lise Ballard-Smith ROTC Martin Luther King, Jr. High School 17  
Brian Hauch Air Force Parkview High School 17  
Cierra Goodson ROTC Martin Luther King, Jr. High School 18  
Cody Domingue Air Force Lakeside High School 18  
Daniel Lett Air Force Grayson High School 17  
Darielicia Finley Merchant Marines/West Point/Navy Southwest DeKalb High School 18  
Emily Toma-Harrold Navy/West Point Atlanta Girls School 17  
Gabrielle Simmons ROTC Martin Luther King, Jr. High School 17  
Gustavo Valdes Navy Notre Dame Academy 17  
Jaison Taylor Navy Newton High School 18  
Jalen Clark Navy Marist School 18  
James Walters Navy South Gwinnett High School 17  
Javia Robinson ROTC Martin Luther King, Jr. High School 18  
Jazmine Winston ROTC Columbia High School 17  
Je’Niya Culbreath Navy/West Point Stephenson High School 17  
John Buckley Jr. Merchant Marines Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy 18  
Jordyn Bonds Navy Newton High School/NCCA 18  
Justin Bennett Navy/ West Point Columbia High School 18  
Justin Nelson Navy Arabia Mountain High School 18  
Khushi Patel West Point Tucker High School 18  
Madison Wheat ROTC Martin Luther King, Jr. High School 17  
Marquis Taylor ROTC Martin Luther King, Jr. High School 18  
Mason Fortson West Point Miller Grove High School 19  
Miracle Crawl ROTC Columbia High School 18  
Nicholas Wilkins ROTC Martin Luther King, Jr. High School 17  
Paul Stanley Air Force/West Point/Navy Parkview High School 18  
Ricquaine Barnes ROTC Martin Luther King, Jr. High School 17  
Skye Williams West Point/Navy South Gwinnett High School 18  
Trisha Warren Air Force/Navy Arabia Mountain High School 18
Vivian Copeland ROTC Greater Atlanta  Adventist Academy 18
Zion Lockhart Navy Arabia Mountain High School 18









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One comment

  • Cheritta Goodson

    February 17, 2020 at 10:22 am

    I was extremely disappointed that this was published after we were promised a picture to be sent with the nominees. I made numerous phone calls and have yet to receive a photo from a year ago.


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