Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Announces Hawai‘i Nominees to U.S. Military Service Academies

March 14, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC—Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today announced her nominations to the U.S. Military Service Academies for classes entering Summer 2018.  After an exhaustive application and interview process, she nominated 25 residents of Hawai‘i’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.
“I am honored to nominate twenty five aspiring servant leaders to represent Hawai‘i and attend our nation’s respected military service academies,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “These women and men are Hawai‘i’s best and brightest who have raised their hands to serve our country in uniform. Each nominee has demonstrated significant leadership qualities, academic commitment, and a personal commitment to service. I wish each of these nominees the very best in the final weeks of the selection process and in their promising futures.”

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard nominated the following individuals to attend a U.S. Military Service Academy:

*Listed by: Name, School, Hometown

United States Military Academy

  • Jack Machorek, Kauaʻi High School, Kalaheo, HI
  • Keona Conroy-Humphrey, Lanaʻi High School, Lanaʻi City, HI
  • Jasmine Conroy-Humphrey, Lanaʻi High School, Lanaʻi City, HI
  • Saydee Aganus, Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi, Hilo, HI
  • Aaron Ines, Kapolei High School, Kapolei, HI
  • Larissa Tsai, Kapaʻa High School, Kapaʻa, HI
  • Michael Taylor, Kahuku High School, Kāneʻohe, HI
  • Jordan Jones St. Andrew’s Priory School, Waipahu, HI
  • Eva Olson, Lahainaluna High School, Lahaina, HI


United States Naval Academy

  • Miyuu Handa, Kalaheo High School, Kailua, HI
  • Peter Stiglitz, Jamestown High School, Kapolei, HI
  • Elizabeth Rooks, Punahou School, Kailua, HI
  • Ty Williams, Kamehameha Schools Kapālama, Kailua, HI
  • Justin Shuman, Le Jardin Academy, Kāneʻohe, HI
  • Jordan Elliott, Kalaheo High School, Kailua, HI
  • Camryn Ban, Maui High School, Kahului, HI
  • Nathaniel Barton, Le Jardin Academy, Kailua, HI
  • Ernesto Arizala, Waipahu High School, Waipahu, HI
  • Ragan Leslie, Konawaena High School, Kealakekua, HI


United States Air Force Academy

  • Caroline Pickart, Kalaheo High School, Kāneʻohe, HI
  • Quade L. Aui, Kamehameha Schools Kapālama, Kāneʻohe, HI
  • Kainoa Gnos, Le Jardin Academy, Kailua, HI
  • Kiana Whitmore, Kalaheo High School, Kailua, HI
  • Christian Lopez, Kapolei High School, Kapolei, HI
  • Shaina Uyechi, King Kekaulike High School, Makawao, HI


Background: Each year, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard nominates Hawaiʻi candidates for appointment to the U.S Service Academies. 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.

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