Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., announced the names of his service academy nominees for the Class of 2021 Jan. 25, bringing these Delawareans one step closer to joining the ranks of America’s military officers.

Each year, members of the Congress are charged with nominating top candidates from their home state.

“Our service academies are tasked with developing tomorrow’s leaders,” Carper said. “These students have shown the potential to contribute significantly to our nation’s future successes. The integrity, intelligence and dedication demonstrated by this group of nominees is outstanding and I am proud to say they are among Delaware’s finest.”

Carper’s nominations to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs: Cody Outten, of Felton; Lance White, of Lewes; Nicholas Jones, of Magnolia; Alexis Ferguson, of Middletown; Elana Montejo, of Smyrna; Justin Desrosiers and Isaac Jennings, of Townsend; and Abigayle Gant, David Hazelton and Matthew Wilkinson, of Wilmington.

Carper’s nominations to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis: Jared Arlett and George Martin, of Dagsboro; Sammantha Ponsell, of Felton; Caroline Foley and Katherine Long, of Hockessin; Zen Taylor, of Middletown; Elana Montejo, of Smyrna; and Harrison Foley, Colin Freeh and Savannah Pankow, Wilmington.

Carper’s nominations to the United States Military Academy in West Point: Magnus Wamble, of Bear; Meghan Yerkes, of Clayton; David Collard, of Lewes; Jacob Wyngaard, of Middletown; Justin Koo, of Newark; Lindsey Asbury, of Smyrna; and Tajaii Furrwoh, David Hazelton, Jacob Hudson and Garret Moser, of Wilmington.

Carper’s nominations to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point: John McCann, of Bear; Reid Carey, of Dagsboro; Robert Van Pelt, of Georgetown; Brendan Kane, of Lewes; Mark Sporay, of Middletown; Ryan Quinn and Chase Wunder, of Newark; and Brittany Banks, David Hiott, and Aidan O’Sullivan, of Wilmington.

For those students interested in applying to a service academy, Carper will host a free information session for students, parents and educators from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 22 at Delaware Technical Community College, 100 Campus Drive, Dover. Representatives from service academies, as well as the Congressional Delegation Offices and the U.S. Air Force, will be on hand to provide information about applying and answer questions.