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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Abraham announces service academy appointments

May 25, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, announced Wednesday that seven students from Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District have received appointments or invitations to attend a military service academy or preparatory school.

As a member of Congress, Dr. Abraham has the privilege of nominating a limited number of candidates from his district to service academies. These students compete against the most qualified young men and women in the country to earn appointments to these prestigious academies.

“I’m proud of all of these students both for their successes so far in their academic careers and for their willingness to serve our nation. These young leaders are shining examples of the best and brightest the 5th District can offer, and I congratulate them on their appointments,” Dr. Abraham said.

The following candidates accepted an offer of appointment to attend the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. They will join the Class of 2020 on June 30:

Abigail Diane Aldecoa: Aldecoa graduated from Pineville High School in May. She is the daughter of Terri and Edward Aldecoa.

Mary Rachel Carson: Carson and her family are permanent residents of Hodge. She graduated from Kubasaki High School in Japan where her family is currently on military deployment. She is the daughter of Cynthia and Col. Ronnie Carson, Jr., who is in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Michael Ronnie Delatte: Delatte is from St. Francisville. He graduated from Catholic High School and is the son of Jamie Mabile and Ronnie Delatte.

Heath William Hilton: Hilton is from Alexandria. He graduated from Holy Savior Menard Central High School and is the son of Patricia and David Hilton.

Joffre Tremaine Hunter:  Hunter is from Monroe. He graduated from Richwood High School and is the son of Jackie and Euckle Hunter, Jr.

The following candidates accepted an invitation to attend an academy preparatory school:

Carlos Eduardu Gallardo:  Gallardo will attend the U.S. Navel Academy Preparatory School in Annapolis, Md., beginning July 19. He is from Franklinton and is the son of Rosa and Darrel McCain. Gallardo graduated from Franklinton High School in 2011 and is currently serving on active duty with the U.S. Navy and stationed in Norfolk, Va.

Stacey Tremayne Hawkins II:  Hawkins will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado Springs, Colo., beginning July 20. He and his family are permanent residents of Bastrop. He is the son of Natalie and Gen. Stacey Hawkins. He graduated from Mascoutah High School in Illinois where his father is a Gen. in the U.S. Air Force and serving at Scott Air Force Base.

Those interested in applying to a service academy for the Class of 2021 should apply directly through the academy’s admissions office. For more information or to request an appointment, contact Jessica Sunderhaus in Dr. Abraham’s Central Louisiana District Office in Alexandria. She can be reached at 318.445.0818 or Jessica.Sunderhaus@mail.house.gov.

Interested parties can also find more information about the academy nominating process by visiting Dr. Abraham’s website at https://www.Abraham.house.gov

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