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Service Academy nominees announced
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From left: Darien Johnson, Stephenson; Xavier Hightower, Chamblee; Jonathan Stoves, Parkview; Congressman Johnson; Gerald Coleman, Redan; and Jhane Price, DeKalb School for the Arts. - photo by Submitted Photo

Congressman Hank Johnson recently announced the students who have been nominated to attend a U.S. Service Academy - Military Academy (West Point), Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Coast Guard Academy, and Merchant Marine Academy.

Seven students for 2014 have received appointments to attend a Service Academy thus far, including one Heritage High senior. Since 2007, Rep. Johnson has awarded more than $13 million in service academy scholarships.

"The nomination process is not easy," Rep. Johnson said. "It's a long, difficult road, and I congratulate all our nominees on making it this far. 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 their lives."


Ms. Laeticia Bergeaud - U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Heritage High School
Mr. Brendan Brown - U.S. Naval Academy, Newton High School *
Mr. Joshua Chatfield - U.S. Military Academy, Saint Pius X High School
Mr. Gerald Coleman - U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Redan High School
Mr. Xavier Hightower - U.S. Naval Academy, Chamblee High School *
Mr. Darien Johnson - U.S. Air Force Academy, Stephenson High School *
Mr. Benjamin O'Donnell - U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Creekview High School *
Mr. Jack O'Donnell - U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Creekview High School *
Mr. Hein Pang - U.S. Air Force Academy, Druid Hills High School
Ms. Jhane Price - U.S. Air Force Academy, DeKalb School for the Arts
Mr. William Renner - U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Union Grove High School
Mr. Jonathan Stoves - U.S. Naval Academy, Parkview High School *
Mr. Shaquille Vereen - U.S. Air Force Academy, Parkview High School *
Mr. William Zimmerman - U.S. Naval Academy, Parkview High School

* Students who have received appointments to date.

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