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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., has selected an "exemplary group" of Wyoming youth as nominees to the United States service academies for 2002.

Enzi has announced his choices for the U.S. Air Force, Military, Naval and Merchant Marine Academies.

"The willingness of these students to serve our nation is characteristic of the exceptional nature of Wyoming's youth. Academy service is a great way to serve and provides an excellent education. I'm pleased that so many of our young people have the desire to make a patriotic contribution to our country,"said Enzi. "The students and our country will benefit."

Students interested in attending a U.S. service academy can apply for a nomination from Enzi by calling his Gillette office at 307-682-6268 or by visiting his web page at . Nominees are selected by an academy selection committee assembled by the senator. Receiving a nomination is the first step in the process of seeking an appointment to an academy. Individual academies will make their final selections from the list of nominees.

U.S. Air Force Academy
Patrick Barrett, Cheyenne
Jared Cherni, Ranchester
Nathan Collins, Wheatland
Ryan Dean, Kemmerer
Michael Fech, Cody
Adam Fitch, Gillette
Kurt Hepler, Cheyenne
Garrett Houx, Wheatland
Jeremy Jones, Gillette
Matthew Linford, Afton
Kent McCort, Rock Springs
Ryan McDonald, Jackson
Justin McWilliams, Cheyenne
Cameron Schaefer, Laramie
Dillon Stone, Cheyenne


U.S. Military Academy
Kurt Hepler, Cheyenne
Joseph Howdyshell, Lander
Jeremy Jones, Gillette
Patrick Kent, Powell
Kent McCort, Rock Springs
Dillon Stone, Cheyenne


U.S. Naval Academy
Patrick Barrett, Cheyenne
Jared Cherni, Ranchester
Michael Fech, Cody
Garrett Houx, Wheatland
Jeremy Jones, Gillette
Ryan McDonald, Jackson
Colin McFerran, Gillette
Dillon Stone, Cheyenne


U.S. Merchant Marine
Jeremy Jones, Gillette
Ryan McDonald, Jackson