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Hillsborough Student Appointed to US Naval Academy in Annapolis

Hillsborough HS graduate Catherine Hawkes has been appointed to the US Naval Academy by New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance, R-7th. Credits: Courtesy Leonard Lance
New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance, R-7th, welcomes high school graduates from his district that have been appointed to the United States service academies. Credits: Courtesy Leonard Lance

WASHINGTON - Township resident Catherine Hawkes has been appointed to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

The Hillsborough High School graduate is one of 15 students from the Seventh Congressional District nominated to attend one of the five United States service academies, according to Rep. Leonard Lance, R-7th.

Five of the students nominated live in Basking Ridge.

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Lance and a board of local veterans reviewed applications for nomination to 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,” Lance said.  “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.”

Others appointed from teh 7th Congressional District include: 

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; 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; 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 can contact John Malone in Lance’s Westfield District Office at (908) 518-7733.

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