Representative Bradley Byrne

Representing the 1st District of Alabama

Byrne Announces 2017 Service Academy Appointments

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May 16, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today announced his service academy appointments. As a Member of Congress, Congressman Byrne can nominate students from the First Congressional District for appointment to the United States Air Force, Naval, Military (West Point), and Merchant Marine Academies. 

Byrne said: “I am honored to nominate these impressive young men and women from Southwest Alabama to attend our nation’s military service academies. For me, there is no greater part of my job than being able to share this exciting news with these young people and their families. I applaud these individuals for their willingness to serve our country, and I wish them all the best in their academic and military careers.”

The following students received appointments to U.S. Service Academies after becoming eligible for consideration through an official nomination from Congressmen Byrne earlier this year:

  • Joshua Andrews, from Davidson High School, received an official appointment to the United States Naval Academy. He is the son of Curtis and Myrna Andrews.
  • Jacob Dean Asher, from Bayside Academy, received an official appointment to the United States Naval Academy. He is the son of Dean and Elizabeth Asher.
  • Barry Booth, from Spanish Fort High School, received an official appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He is the son of Dr. Barry and Chantal Booth.
  • Keller Farni, from Murphy High School, received an official appointment to the United States Naval Academy. He is the son of Shonn and Leigh Ann Farni.
  • Phoebe Alexis Lee, from Mc-Gill Toolen Catholic High School, received an official appointment to the United States Military Academy. She is the daughter of Anthony and Paula Lee.
  • Triston-Norman Marasco, from Spanish Fort High School, received an official appointment to the United States Naval Academy. He is the son of Victor and Deborah Rhoades.
  • Jamie Martin, a homeschool student from Foley, received an official appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. She is the daughter of James and Joanna Martin.
  • Sarah Morris, from UMS-Wright Preparatory School, received an official appointment to the United States Naval Academy. She is the daughter of Todd and Sandra Morris.
  • Marshall Peyton Spires, from St. Paul’s Episcopal School, received an official appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. He is the son of James and Michelle Spires.
  • Joshua Tarr, from Gulf Shores High School, received an official appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He is the son of Robert and Debra Tarr.
  • Gracie Whiston, from St. Paul’s Episcopal School, received a Presidential appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. She is the daughter of Edward and Vanessa Whiston.

Eligible applicants must be at least 17 years old, be a citizen of the United States, have good moral character, demonstrate strong leadership skills, and achieve impressive scholastic achievements.

Congressman Byrne is only responsible for nominating students to the service academies. The final decision on appointments rests solely with the academy. You can learn about the nomination process by clicking here.