Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick has nominated 11 Arizonans to the nation’s service academies for the Class of 2014, including Payson High School senior Nicholas Walker. The Congresswoman selected Walker for nomination to the U.S. Naval Academy.
Walker has a stellar academic record at PHS and is currently taking advanced placement classes in chemistry, history, calculus and physics, a press release from the Congresswoman said.
Walker also participates in football, wrestling, track, band and has served in student government and as a peer counselor. Walker is a volunteer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
“It is an honor to be able to nominate some of rural Arizona’s finest young men and women to our service academies, and a privilege to offer this opportunity to Nicholas Walker,” said Kirkpatrick. “Nicholas has demonstrated an admirable willingness and desire to serve our country during these dangerous times. He has earned this nomination with his many achievements and dedication to his community, and he will make this district proud at the U.S. Naval Academy.”
Kirkpatrick is able to nominate up to 10 applicants for each vacancy at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. Walker and other applicants interviewed with the Congresswoman’s service academy nomination advisory board in early December and were judged on their character, scholarship, leadership, physical aptitude and motivation.