Congressman Sean Maloney

Representing the 18th District of New York
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Maloney Announces 2015 Service Academy Appointments

Jun 16, 2015
Press Release
14 Students from 18th Congressional District were Accepted into U.S. Service Academies

Washington, DC— Today, U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced that 14 students from the Hudson Valley accepted offers of appointment to one of the nation’s service academies.  Rep. Maloney has the ability to nominate students to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. To assist with the nomination process, Rep. Maloney established an esteemed committee of military and civic leaders from the Hudson Valley that interviewed potential nominees, reviewed their applications and made recommendations. The Academies make the final decision on who receives an appointment of admission.

“These students have demonstrated impressive academic, leadership and character qualities, and I commend their commitment to serve our country. It’s an honor to be a small part of one of our country’s oldest traditions of nominating the Hudson Valley’s best and brightest for acceptance into a service academy,” said Rep. Maloney. “Service academies like the U.S. Military Academy at West Point provide a top notch education while preparing young men and women for leadership roles in our nation's armed forces.”

The following students were nominated by Rep. Maloney and accepted an offer of appointment to one of the following academies: 


  • U.S. Military Academy (9)
    • Brett VanBuren from Chelsea, NY
    • Jared Rivera from Goshen, NY
    • Brigitta Anderson from Newburgh, NY
    • Junus Sela from Beacon, NY
    • Conner Russell from Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY
    • Andrew Grella from Beacon, NY
    • Scott Flanick from Montgomery, NY
    • Spencer Pavia from Monroe, NY
    • Aaron Finch from Hopewell Junction, NY


  • U.S. Air Force Academy (3)
    • Reese Fairchild from Middletown, NY
    • Samantha Reed from Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY
    • Dylan Soder from Monroe, NY


  • U.S. Naval Academy (2)
    • Benjamin Smith from Katonah, NY
    • Daniel Kelly from Warwick, NY


More information and application requirements are available at Rep. Maloney will start accepting applications on August 15, 2015 for those interested in entering one of the Service Academies in the summer of 2016.