Brown nominates Rivas for academy
By Dean Shipley
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Jonathan Alder student is one of 60 Ohioans nominated to attend U.S. military academies by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D- OH).
Hannah Rivas, a senior at Jonathan Alder, is a nominee to the Air Force Academy.
She was the only nominee from Madison County.
“Ohio schools are training leaders for the next generation of military personnel. I am honored to nominate these outstanding students for our prestigious U.S. Military Service Academies,” said Brown in a release to The Madison Press. “These Ohioans embody the integrity and courage needed to represent well and uphold the values of our nation. I am grateful for their dedication to serving our country.”
Each year, Brown uses the Competitive Nominations Process and nominates 10 candidates for each academy slot available at each service academy, including: the Air Force Academy, the Naval Academy, the Military Academy at West Point, and the Merchant Marine Academy. The nominations are based on the recommendation of a Service Academy Selection Advisory Committee assembled by Brown. This committee, comprised of former academy graduates, parents of academy attendees, and community leaders from throughout the state, conducted rigorous interviews before selecting the final candidates.
Rivas has achieved a 3.982 grade-point average and is ranked eighth academically in her class of 2013. She was elected senior class president, vice president of the student council and the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. A member of the cross country and basketball teams, Rivas also mentors incoming freshmen through the AMP program and is active in the art and Spanish clubs.
Rivas called becoming a cadet at the Air Force Academy “a perfect match for me.”
“The discipline, dedication, and commitment necessary to succeed at The Air Force Academy is appealing to me,” Rivas said in an email. “The challenges and rewards of this path excite me. I believe The Air Force Academy would give me an experience that no other college could deliver. Most importantly, I want to go to The Air Force Academy in order to serve my country and have the pride and honor that comes from service.”
For a career path within the Air Force she said her goal would be to become a Judge Advocate General (JAG).
By choosing the Air Force she would be following in the footsteps of her grandfather.
This year, because two openings were available at the both Air Force Academy and the Naval Academy, Brown nominated 20 students to those institutions. A nomination does not guarantee acceptance into a service academy. The Academy’s Admissions Board ultimately decides who receives an appointment.
With so many nominees for so few spots the chance exists Rivas may not secure the appointment. If not, she said she would attend Miami University and participate in ROTC.