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Congressman Mo Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Alabama

Brooks Applauds 2019 Tennessee Valley Service Academy Appointees

May 14, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC— Monday evening, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) hosted a reception at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library in honor of this year’s 5th Congressional District appointees to the U.S. Service Academies. Thirteen outstanding men and women were selected to represent the Tennessee Valley at the Coast Guard Academy, the Air Force Academy, the Naval Academy, West Point, and Marion Military Institute (via a U.S. Naval Academy scholarship and a U.S. Air Force Academy Falcon Scholarship).

Left to right: Joshua Fields, Gerald Moore II, Mitchell Bedard, Elijah Madkins, Andrew Schad, Congressman Mo Brooks, Jonathan Gubert, Brock McNutt, Dianna Boyer, Thomas Blake Mitchell

Not Pictured: Riley Cushing, Avery Dollarhide, Christopher Stokes, Gerard McCarron

For a high resolution photo from the event, click HERE.

Congressman Mo Brooks said, “Alabama’s 5th Congressional District is fortunate to claim thirteen outstanding students who have received appointments to the Air Force Academy, the Naval Academy, the Coast Guard Academy, West Point, and Marion Military Institute. Congratulations to these exceptional scholars, athletes, and leaders who have chosen to serve our country. I’m immensely proud of this high-achieving group of students and wish them well as they embark on this next phase of life.”


AL-05 U.S. Service Academy Appointees for 2019:


U.S. Air Force Academy Appointees:


Avery Dollarhide, Sparkman H.S. (Currently on active duty in South Korea—Air Force)

Joshua Fields, Florence H.S.


U.S. Naval Academy Appointee:


Riley Cushing, Alabama School for Math & Science


U.S. Military Academy (West Point) Appointees:


Mitchell Bedard, Bob Jones H.S.

Dianna Boyer, St. John Paul II Catholic H.S.

Jonathan Gubert, Sparkman H.S.

Elijah Madkins, Bob Jones H.S.

Gerald Moore, II, St. John Paul II Catholic H.S.

Gerard McCarron, St. John Paul II Catholic H.S.

Thomas Blake Mitchell, Randolph School


U.S. Coast Guard Academy Appointee:


Andrew Schad, Madison Academy


Received U.S. Naval Academy Foundation Scholarship to attend Marion Military Institute:


Brock McNutt, James Clemens H.S.


Received U.S. Air Force Academy Falcon Scholarship to attend Marion Military Institute:


Christopher Stokes, St. John Paul II Catholic H.S.


On background, applicants to all service academies, except the United States Coast Guard Academy, are required to obtain a nomination. Nominating sources include the President, the Vice President, Senators, and members of the House of Representatives. Congressman Brooks established a nominating board to review applications, interview prospective candidates, and make the final selection of 5th Congressional District nominees to be submitted to the academies. Nominations are determined using the competitive method with all nominees submitted unranked to the academies, allowing equal opportunity for each candidate nominated from the district.