Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Nominates Local High School Seniors to U.S. Service Academies

Jan 13, 2009
Press Release

MIAMI-Today Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) announced that he has nominated 13 high school students from District 25 to attend the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

“I am honored to have chosen such an impressive group of young men and women as my nominees to the U.S. Service Academies,” said Diaz-Balart.  “Each of them is talented and eager to serve our country and I trust that they will do so honorably.” 

In order to join a Service Academy, students must be nominated by their Member of Congress or Senator and then complete the application and admissions process with the specific Academy.  Diaz-Balart met with students in Miami on Monday and personally delivered the good news.  Academies will make the final decision on acceptance and notify students later this year.   

“I congratulate the nominees and thank them for taking the first steps to becoming the future leaders of our nation,” said Diaz-Balart.    

Previous nominees include Warren Lally who graduated from WestPoint in 2007 and Rolando Machado Jr. of the Naval Academy and Rudy Monteagut of the Air Force Academy who both graduate this spring.   

The 2009 nominees are:

U.S. Military Academy
Michael Anthony Stacks Jr., Palmer Trinity School
Jack Malcom Saint-Juste, Coral Reef Senior High School
Hugo Nirio Hernandez, Barbara Goleman High School
Djeunie Saint Louis, Golden Gate Senior High School
Kawamen Levey Odiete, Military Academy Prep School

U.S. Naval Academy
Andrew Owen Fenaughty, Coral Reef Senior High School
Roberto Abel Torrealba, Felix Varela Senior High School
Kyle David Moros, St. John Neumann High School

U.S. Air Force Academy
Santiago Daniel Iglesias, Mast Academy
Jaime Badui, Mast Academy
Bryan Alexander Rivera, American Senior High School
Maria Camila Benavides, Coral Reef Senior High School
Jonathan Michael O’Neil, Barbara Goleman Senior High School