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Rockdale students nominated for West Point, Air Force Academy
From left to right: Carlan Ivey, Sierra Durden, Sarah Allen, Cally Truong, Marcus Hyatt, Anthony Taylor III, Congressman Johnson, Aulden Eatmon, Joal Banks, Jaelin Watkins and Alix Valcin III.

Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced the names of the 21 Fourth District students, including two Rockdale students, who have been nominated to attend a U.S. military service academy - Military Academy (West Point), Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Coast Guard Academy, and Merchant Marine Academy.

This year, 15 students have received appointments to attend a Service Academy.

"Our esteemed institutions will educate, train, and inspire you to help shoulder the wheel in defense of our nation," Johnson told the students. "You will learn the meaning of duty, honor, and country. And you will be asked to lead our nation's soldiers, an awesome responsibility. All of our outstanding nominees possess the kind of leadership skills necessary to be successful in school, business and in life. Graduating from a Service Academy ensures a good career after graduation and opens doors for the rest of your lives."


Sarah Allen - U.S. Naval Academy, Parkview High School
Joal Banks - U.S. Naval Academy, Heritage High School
Robert W.D. Bullard - U.S. Air Force Academy Prep School, Alcovy High School
Gerald Coleman - U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Redan High School
Sierra Durden - U.S. Air Force Academy, South Gwinnett High School
Aulden C. Eatmon - U.S. Naval Academy, Shiloh High School
I'Latraviyata Franklin - U.S. Air Force Academy, Arabia Mountain High School
James Gong - U.S. Naval Academy, Parkview High School
Avery Harrison - U.S. Air Force Academy, George Walton Academy
Collin Howard - U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Brookwood High School
Marcus D. Hyatt - U.S. Military Academy, Woodward Academy
Carlan Ivey - U.S. Military Academy, Rockdale County High School
Austin Kelley - U.S. Military Academy, Brookwood High School
Anne Locker - U.S. Naval Academy, Marist
Anthony B. Taylor III - U.S. Naval Academy, Wesleyan School
Cally Truong - U.S. Military Academy, Parkview High School
Alix Valcin III - U.S. Air Force Academy, Chamblee Charter School
Jaelin T. Watkins - U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Lakeside High School
Kaylan D. Williams - U.S. Naval Academy Prep School, Lithonia High School
Jasmine A. Wilson - U.S. Military Academy, Shiloh High School
William Zimmerman - U.S. Naval Academy, Parkview High School

All members of Congress may nominate up to 10 candidates per opening. Academies usually make appointments by March 31 of each year. Those who graduate from a Service Academy will receive a Bachelor of Science degree, be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, and honorably serve in the military for a minimum of five years. For more information about the nomination process, contact Congressman Johnson's office at 770-987-2291 or visit Rep. Johnson online at