February 11, 2022
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BOWLING GREEN, KY – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul issued the following statement after announcing his nominations to the U.S. service academies, consisting of 31 nominations to individuals from across the Commonwealth of Kentucky:
“A very rewarding aspect of being a United States Senator is the opportunity to nominate young men and women from across the state to attend our nation’s prestigious service academies. I commend each of these students for their dedication and desire to serve in the United States military, and I wish them the best through the remainder of the selection process. I have no doubt the students chosen will proudly represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the service academies,” said Dr. Paul.
Dr. Paul nominated the following individuals to the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, and the U.S. Naval Academy:
United States Air Force Academy

  • Natalie Bessler – Ft. Mitchell, KY
  • Samantha Betts-Jimenez – Russell Springs, KY
  • Shelby Eckart – De Mossville, KY
  • Sophia Hahn – McKee, KY
  • Brayden Mefford – Lexington, KY
  • Eric Nielson – Louisville, KY
  • Audrey Neukomm – Louisville, KY
  • William Skylar Reeves – Georgetown, KY
  • Joshua Spence – Burlington, KY
  • Kaden Sullivan – Louisville, KY

United States Merchant Marine Academy

  • Eli Campeau – Louisville, KY
  • Easton Colvin – Fort Knox, KY
  • Sophia Hahn – McKee, KY
  • Eric Nielson – Louisville, KY
  • Elizabeth Quinn – Florence, KY
  • Nathaniel Sabotchick – Wurtland, KY

United States Military Academy

  • Andrew Abner – Mt. Washington, KY
  • Reese Bell – Paducah, KY
  • Ryan Benson – Louisville, KY
  • Patrick Davis – Lexington, KY
  • Sophia Hahn – McKee, KY
  • Oliver Harris – Fort Thomas, KY
  • Dalton Kellems – Cloverport, KY
  • Bridger Knee – Bowling Green, KY
  • Gracie Melton – Albany, KY
  • Cooper Otalora – Elizabethtown, KY 

United States Naval Academy

  • Ethan Beatty – Independence, KY
  • Callan Hogan – Lexington, KY
  • Benjamin Marks – Louisville, KY
  • Jack Marsh – Louisville, KY
  • Vincent McQuade – Herndon, KY
  • Sarah Rink – Finchville, KY
  • Nathaniel Sabotchick – Wurtland, KY
  • Kaden Sullivan – Louisville, KY
  • Jackson White – Fort Wright, KY
  • David Wroblewski – Fort Campbell, KY


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