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Congressman Steve Russell

Representing the 5th District of Oklahoma


Congressman Russell Announces Nominations for U.S. Service Academies

December 15, 2016
Press Release

Del City, O.K. – Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) has announced the 2016 U.S. Service Academy candidates nominated from Oklahoma’s Fifth Congressional District for the 2017-2018 academic year. The candidates are:


Edmond North High School

Blake Herring – U.S. Military Academy (West Point), Air Force Academy

Austin Martin – West Point

Cierra Anderson – West Point, Air Force Academy, Naval Academy

Jake Reynolds – Naval Academy

Cameron Hancock – West Point, Naval Academy, Air Force Academy

Anthony Macaluso – Air Force Academy

Callen Koiner – Air Force Academy                                                     

Edmond Memorial High School

Jonah Weltzheimer - Air Force Academy, Naval Academy

Deer Creek High School (Edmond)

Ms. Aksah Cherian – West Point

John Marshall High School – Oklahoma City

Lenerd Leviston – Air Force Academy

Putnam City North High School – Oklahoma City

Aaron Corona – Air Force Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, Naval Academy

Oklahoma School of Science and Math – OSSM (Oklahoma City)

Opeyemi Odejimi – West Point

Dove Science Academy – Oklahoma City

Ana Maria Pasillas – West Point, Naval Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, Air Force Academy

Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School – Oklahoma City

Alexander Best – Naval Academy

Sofia Figueroa – Naval Academy

Helen Homola – Air Force Academy

Crossings Christian School – Oklahoma City

Karson Kosanke – Naval Academy

Casady High School – Oklahoma City

Sam Harrison – Naval Academy

The highly competitive process is weighed concerning SAT/ACT scores, class rank, athletic and extracurricular activities, as well as leadership potential. Each applicant also completes a personal interview with Congressman Russell’s review board which consists of retired service members and Academy graduates:


Gen. Bruce Litchfield (ret.), former Commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center at Tinker

Staff Sergeant Rusty Dunagan (ret.), Army

Mr. Nels Petersen, 1980 Naval Academy graduate

Capt. Michelle Axtman - 2009 Air Force Academy graduate

Edward "Ted" Perry - 2005 West Point graduate


Those who are selected will become eligible for an appointment, and if then selected by an Academy will begin classes in the fall of 2017.

Students wishing to be considered for a Congressional nomination for the fall of 2018 may go to Congressman Russell’s official House of Representatives Website ( to learn the requirements and may apply until July 1 of the year of their 23rd birthday.