WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07 on Wednesday proudly announced the Seventh Congressional District students who were nominated and appointed into the Unites States Service Academies, including several from Basking Ridge.  

Lance and a board of local veterans reviewed applications for nomination to the five Service Academies of the United States: The Air Force Academy (USAFA), Naval Academy (USNA), Military Academy (USMA), Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) and Coast Guard Academy (USCGA).  Students were informed in recent weeks on their appointment by the respective academies.  

I am proud of these brave men and women who have stepped forward to serve our Nation.  In each I know there is a love of country and a deep desire to serve.  Placing nominations for the United States Service Academies is among the most gratifying responsibilities for a Member of Congress,” said Lance.  “I have great confidence in this year’s talented and qualified class of accepted nominees.  I wish them and their fellow classmates safety and great success.” 

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Pictured with Lance from left to right are:

Jacob Lunn (USNA) of Clark

Ryan Waters (USNA) of Basking Ridge

Austin Kaulius (USNA) of Phillipsburg

Lillian Usadi (USNA) of Basking Ridge

Cara Bradley (USNA) of Stockton

Catherine Hawkes (USNA) of Hillsborough

Cameron Hay (USMA) of Cranford

Benjamin Kelly (USMA) of Westfield

Colin Kim (USMA) of Basking Ridge

Jonathan Mota (USMMA) of Union

Jeremy Lane (USMMA) of Short Hills

Hanna-Lee Harjono (USAFA) of Union

Brendan Rose (USAFA) of Basking Ridge


Not pictured are Matthew Rusiniak (USMA) of Basking Ridge and Matthew Hong (USMMA) of Flemington


Students interested in the process for securing a nomination to a Service Academy should contact John Malone in Lance’s Westfield District Office at (908) 518-7733.