Sen. Allen announces service academy nominees
U.S. Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) recently announced his nominees for the United States Service Academies.
Each year, Sen. Allen may nominate 10 students for one vacancy at each respective Service Academy. This year, he nominated a total of 20 students for two positions at West Point.
After prospective nominees returned a completed application form, Sen. Allen's Service Academy Review Boards evaluated and interviewed each of the applicants who made it to the final round.
The following reflects Senator Allen's nominees from Northern Virginia.
Joseph L. Kurtenbach, of Fairfax, has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Kurtenbach is currently a student at Paul VI High School, where he is captain of the volleyball team and a member of the National Honor Society in addition to being an Eagle Scout. Kurtenbach is the son of Daniel and Mary Kurtenbach.
Todd V. Arnts, of McLean, has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy. Arnts is currently a student at McLean High School where he is captain of the cross country team and a member of the National Honor Society. Arnts is the son of Timothy and Kathleen Arnts.
Marc A. Nichols, of Vienna, has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Nichols is currently a student at Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology. Nichols is an Eagle Scout and part of the National Honor Society and is the son of Philip and Joyce Nichols.
Joseph P. Anderson, of Fairfax Station, has been nominated to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Anderson is currently a student at Hayfield Secondary School where he has served as the vice president for both his freshman and sophomore classes and currently participates in the Model United Nations. Anderson is the son of Lt. Col. Philip and Mary Ann Anderson.
John K. Hutchison, of Springfield, has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Hutchison is currently a student at West Springfield Senior High School where he is a member of the Engineering Club and swims with the First District Swim Team. Hutchison is the son of Steven and Susan Hutchison.
Andrew R. Skotzko, of Fairfax, has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Skotzko is currently a student at Chantilly High School where he is a member of the Senior Council for Varsity Football and a member of the National Honor Society. Skotzko is the son of Kimley and Eugene Skotzko Jr.
Claude E. Barron, of Annandale, has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Barron is currently a student at W.T. Woodson High School where he has been the MVP for the cross country team as well as a member of the National Honor Society. Barron is the son of Capt. Claude and Sandra Barron.
Laura E. Olsen, of Springfield, has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy. Olsen is currently a student at Bishop Ireton High School where she is a member of the National Honor Society and has participated in the Model United Nations. Olsen is the daughter of John and Deborah Olsen.
"I am honored to have the privilege to nominate these students to our nation's Service Academies," said Allen. "These fine young men and women are the very best of Virginia and I am confident that they will represent our Commonwealth and nation well."
Langley grad participates in MEDFLAG 2003
Navy Lt. Comdr. Wendy H. Pinkham, a 1980 graduate of Langley High School, recently returned from Er Rachidia, Morocco, where she participated in operation MEDFLAG 2003.
Pinkham joined 100 military personnel from seven different military medical detachments around the world to take part in the operation, an annual humanitarian mission to provide medical and dental care to African countries.
MEDFLAG 2003 brought $2.5 million of medicine and medical equipment to Er Rachidia. In addition to the $200,000 of medical supplies donated to a local hospital, medical professionals donated their time to train more than 150 students.
The operation was divided into three phases: the initial medical training for the Moroccans, a mass casualty drill to test skills and providing care to people in surrounding rural areas.
Pinkham is currently assigned to the U.S. Naval Hospital in Rota, Spain.
Salamack participates in Youth for Understanding exchange program
Great Falls resident Caroline K. Salamack recently returned from Venezuela, where she spent the summer as a Youth for Understanding USA (YFU USA) international exchange student. Salamack, who currently attends The Madeira School, lived with a host family while in Venezuela and experienced what it is to live as a "typical" high school student there.
YFU USA offers summer, semester and year exchange programs designed to prepare young people for their responsibilities and opportunities in a dependent, interdependent world.