U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., announced his U.S. service academy nominations for the class of 2021 on Jan. 25.

Three students have earned the senator’s principal nomination and will be offered academy appointments should they meet all medical, physical and academic requirements. Coons also submitted the names of 23 additional young Delawareans for consideration. Coons also nominated 10 individuals to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

“Nominating these gifted young men and women to the U.S. service academies is a sincere honor and a responsibility that I take very seriously,” Coons said. “The next few years will be challenging — academically, mentally and physically — but I am confident in their ability to rise to the challenge and to come through this experience well-equipped to join the ranks of America’s finest military officers.”

Coons’ principal nominees are: Jacob Hudson, of Wilmington, Delaware Military Academy, for U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland; David Collord, of Milton, Cape Henlopen High School, for U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Meghan Yerkes, of Smyrna, Smyrna High School, for U.S. Military Academy at West Point, West Point, New York.

Coons’ alternate nominees are: Lindsey Asbury, of Smyrna, Smyrna High School; Reid Carey, of Dagsboro, Worcester Prep School; Justin Desrosiers, of Townsend, Middletown High School; Alexis Ferguson, of Middletown, Middletown High School; Tajaii Furrowh, of Wilmington, Delaware Military Academy; Abigayle Gant, of Wilmington, St. Elizabeth’s High School; David Hazelton, of Wilmington, St. Elizabeth’s High School; Nicholas Jones, of Magnolia, Polytech High School; Justin Koo, of Newark, University of Delaware; Katherine Long, of Hockessin, Charter School of Wilmington; George Martin, of Frankford, Indian River High School; Alexis McCullough, of Wyoming, Caesar Rodney High School; Elana Montejo, of Smyrna, Smyrna High School; Cody Outten, of Harrington, Lake Forest High School; Savannah Pankow, of Wilmington, Tatnall School; Sammantha Ponsell, of Felton, Caesar Rodney High School; Kyle Potter, of Camden, Dover High School; Adam Reynolds, of Wilmington, Tower Hill School; Magnus Wamble, of Bear, Caravel Academy; Lance White, of Lewes, Northwestern Preparatory School; Matthew Wilkinson, of Wilmington, Tower Hill School; Chase Wunder, of Newark, Tome School; and Jacob Wyngaard, of Middletown, Appoquinimink High School.

Coons’ nominees for U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, are: Reid Carey, of Dagsboro, Worcester Preparatory School; David Hiott, of Wilmington, Cab Calloway School of the Arts; Isaac Jennings, of Townsend, University of Delaware; Brendan Kane, of Lewes, Cape Henlopen High School; Brendan Lamey, of Middletown, Sanford High School; Aiden O’Sullivan, of Wilmington, New Mexico Military Institute; Samuel Parsons, of Millsboro, Delaware Technical Community College; Robert VanPelt, of Georgetown, Sussex Tech High School; Magnus Wamble, of Bear, Caravel Academy; and Chase Wunder, of Newark, Tome School.

Coons’ Service Academy Selection Board interviewed each applicant and made recommendations to the senator. The board, appointed by the senator, includes: Karen Berry, Ron Frazier, Heath Gehrke, Larry Henigan, Scott Kessel, Wanda Lopez, Fran Mahon and Tim Morris.

“I am deeply grateful to the members of my Service Academy Selection Board for volunteering their time to interview the talented Delawareans who wanted to serve their country,” Coons said. “Their counsel was invaluable, and I appreciate their service.”

For information, visit coons.senate.gov/learn/academies.