PHOTOS: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Announces Hawaiʻi Students Nominated to Military Service Academies

March 27, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC—Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today released the names and photos of her nominations to the U.S. Military Service Academies for classes entering Summer 2017.  After an exhaustive application and interview process, she nominated twenty-two students from across Hawaii’s Second Congressional District. Their applications are now being considered for final selection by the United States Military Academy at West Point, the United States Naval Academy, and the United States Air Force Academy.

“Across Hawaiʻi, high school seniors will soon begin gearing up for graduation, summer plans, and either beginning college, serving in our military, or entering the work force. A select few will be enrolling in one of the U.S. Military Service Academies, and I’ve had the privilege and great responsibility of nominating twenty-two phenomenal applicants to represent our Aloha State in service to our country.  I wish each of these nominees the very best in the final weeks of the selection process and in their promising futures,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.

The nomination application period opens May 15th of each year for candidates who are high school juniors and will be seniors the following school year, or who have already graduated. Nomination does not guarantee an appointment. The honor of attending a Military Service Academy comes with the obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. More information about the nominations process is available here.  

The following students from Hawaii’s Second Congressional District were nominated by Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard to the corresponding military academy / academies below (photo available for download by clicking the nominee’s name).


Mr. Lawrence Barrett - Air Force Academy, Military Academy
Konawaena High School

Mr. Ragan Leslie - Naval Academy
Konawaena High School

Ms. Anh-Thu Pham - Naval Academy
Lake Braddock (Virginia)

Ms. Jennifer Serrano-Gervais - Military Academy, Naval Academy
Hilo High School


Mr. Kainalu Gandia - Military Academy
Kapa'a High School (Class of 2016)

Mr. Devon Hartsell - Military Academy
Waimea High School

Ms. Maia Alexis Young - Air Force Academy
Waimea High School (Class of 2016)


Mr. Trendon Delray - Air Force Academy
Maui High School

Mr. Caleb Soo Hoo - Air Force Academy
Baldwin High School

Mr. Harlie Stone - Air Force Academy, Military Academy, Naval Academy
Haleakala Waldorf


Ms. Keeanna Andres - Naval Academy
Kamehameha School

Mr. Nicholas Balabis - Military Academy, Naval Academy
Kalaheo High School

Ms. Cagla Brennan - Military Academy
ʻIolani High School

Mr. Anthony Corey - Military Academy
Kalaheo High School

Mr. Farrel Ekau - Air Force Academy
Kamehameha School

Mr. Cheyne Fergusson - Air Force Academy, Naval Academy
Waialua High School

Mr. Kainoa Gnos - Air Force Academy
Le Jardin Academy

Mr. Christopher Jenkins - Air Force Academy, Military Academy
Kamehameha School

Mr. Michael  Mossman - Naval Academy
Christian Education Institute (Class of 2016)

Mr. Sergei Scharer - Air Force Academy
Saint Louis High School (Class of 2016)

Mr. Peyton Sommer - Military Academy, Naval Academy
Punahou School

Ms. Fely Vacek - Naval Academy
Kapolei High School



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