Parker Nemechek of Goodland nominated by Senator Moran for U.S. Air Force Academy

andy lambertNovember 21, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) has nominated 42 Kansas students to enter the United States Service Academies as part of the class of 2018.

“Having the chance to nominate some of Kansas’ best and brightest young people to our United States Service Academies is a distinct honor for me each year,” said Sen. Moran. “I am proud of each and every one of these students, who have demonstrated a commitment to service, the drive to succeed and tremendous dedication to our state and our nation.”

Sen. Moran’s nominees include:


United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo.

Chad Buzzell, Overland Park

Patrick Lim, Overland Park

Allison Williams, Overland Park

Camden Schieffer, Leawood

Jacob Taylor, Shawnee

Patrick Sullivan, Westwood

Carson Davis, Gardner

Marshall Kellner, De Soto

Cole Dudley, Manhattan

Cole Resnik, Topeka

Carter Black, Wichita

David McCune, Valley Center

Glynn Smith, Leavenworth

Leah Wiegers, Lansing

Camden McFarland, Girard

Charles Bermel, Lawrence

Joseph Harms, Lawrence

Parker Nemechek, Goodland

Luke Socolofsky, Marion

Dawson Williams, Dodge City


United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

Jack Russell, Overland Park

Karen Yan, Overland Park

Hayley Murguia, Olathe

Benjamin Hanson, Olathe

Dennis Rice, Prairie Village

James Sayles, Meriden

Luke Windish, Wichita

Zachary Bolen, Fort Leavenworth

Gabriel Casmus, Lansing

Abigail Waugh, Leavenworth


United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md.

Ryan Fitzgerald, Leawood

Ernest Pereira, Leawood

Thomas Finn, Overland Park

Ansel Herndon, Overland Park

Caden Merrick, Overland Park

Carter Black, Wichita

Kendal Davis, Wichita

Jacob Ruder, Wichita

Daniel Christie, Lansing

Carson Lucas, Leavenworth


United States Merchant Marines Academy at Kings Point, N.Y.

Ernest Pereira, Leawood

Ansel Herndon, Overland Park

Caden Merrick, Overland Park

Thomas Finn, Overland Park

Logan Emery, Shawnee

Katherine Baldessari, Wichita

Kendal Davis, Wichita

Jack Steiner, Andover

Carson Lucas, Leavenworth

Daniel Christie, Lansing


Interviews took place at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene in October. Sen. Moran’s Service Academy Selection Board considered more than 60 young Kansans interested in attending the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Academy nominees submit an application that includes a personal statement, resume, letters of reference, academic transcripts and standardized test scores. Following the interviews, the board made recommendations to Sen. Moran for his decision. Sen. Moran’s nominees must meet the individual admission requirements of each academy. The academies will make the final decision of who will receive an appointment of admission in early 2018. Those selected will enter the academies in June 2018.

Click here for more information and a video from this year’s Service Academy Selection Day.






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