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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., has selected a "quintessential group" of Wyoming youth as nominees to the United States service academies for 2005.

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

"The eagerness of these students to serve our nation is one of the commendable characteristics of the exceptional nature of Wyoming's youth. Academy service is a terrific way to serve and provides an excellent educational experience. 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 indefinitely."

Students interested in attending a U.S. service academy can apply for a nomination from Senator Enzi by calling his Gillette office at 307-682-6268 or by visiting his web page at enzi.senate.gov. 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.

AIR FORCE ACADEMY: Charles Bayne, Douglas, David Closner, Green River, Andrew Grant, Glenrock, Esther Ludvicek, Casper, Ashley Miller, Torrington, Chad Warner, Cokeville.

MILITARY ACADEMY: Robert Courtade, Casper, Andrew Grant, Glenrock, Esther Ludvicek, Casper, Andrew Winney, Cheyenne, Bryan "Zane" Macey, Rawlins.

NAVAL ACADEMY: Robert Courtade, Casper, Christian Foster, Casper, Andrew Grant, Glenrock, Esther Ludvicek, Casper, Chad Warner, Cokeville, Andrew Winney, Cheyenne.

MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY: Robert Courtade, Casper, Esther Ludvicek, Casper.