06.11.08

Burr Announces Military Academy Nominations

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced his nomination of twenty-nine North Carolinians to serve at one of our nation's military academies. The nominees were selected after an application and interview process conducted by Senator Burr's Academy Selection Committee, which is comprised of military academy graduates, veterans, and community leaders from across the state.

The nominees, their hometown, parents' names, and high school are listed below the academy to which they have been nominated.

United States Military Academy at West Point

Mr. Kevin M. Keating
Cary, North Carolina
Currently West Point, NY
Son of Robert and Andrea Keating
James I. O'Neill High School

Mr. Carl R. Grantham III
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Son of Ray and Allison Grantham
Mount Tabor High School

Mr. Gregory W. Young
Greensboro, North Carolina
Son of Victoria Ann McLean Young
Grimsley High School

Mr. John Valitutto
Greensboro, North Carolina
Son of Richard and Julene Valitutto
Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School


Mr. Vincent L. Smith
Greensboro, North Carolina
Son of Daryl and Bobbie Smith


Mr. Brett Schuck
Newport, North Carolina
Son of Andy and Jeane Schuck
Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School

Mr. Kenneth M. Robertson III
Mooresville, North Carolina
Son of Kenneth and Lisa Robertson
Lake Norman High School


Mr. Timothy Horan
Cary, North Carolina
Son of Timothy and Maria Horan
Green Hope High School

Mr. John-Thomas Wells
Raleigh, North Carolina
Son of Gene Thomas and Louise Wells
Broughton High School

Mr. Brian Sears
Waynesville, North Carolina
Son of Jonathan and Linda Sears
Tuscola High School


Mr. Gabriel Whaley
Midland, North Carolina
Son of Scott and Lana Whaley
NC School of Math & Science

Mr. William R. Cauley IV
Burgaw, North Carolina
Son of William and Sheryl Cauley
Pender High School


United States Air Force Academy

Miss Kirsten Buslinger
Elon, North Carolina
Daughter of David and Ruth Buslinger
Integrity Christian Academy

Mr. Derek R. Graves
Raeford, North Carolina
Son of Scott and Darlene Stevenson
Hoke County High School

Mr. Joel D. Short
Winston-Salem, NC
Son of Van and Carol Short
Forsyth Country Day School

Mr. Charles W. Paul
Salisbury, North Carolina
Son of Charles and Kay Paul
Salisbury High School

Mr. Henry S. Darr (Scott)
Thomasville, North Carolina
Son of Henry and Chandra Darr
Wesleyan Academy


Mr. Matthew A. Mrozek
Raleigh, North Carolina
Son of Albert and Gail Mrozek
Sanderson High School

Mr. Matthew R. Street
Hendersonville, North Carolina
Son of Dwayne and Tonya Street
East Henderson High School

Mr. James M. Hamilton
Hamlet, North Carolina
Son of Jerry and Irma Hamilton
Richmond Senior High School

Mr. Michael W. Malone
Lincolnton, North Carolina
Son of Daniel and Antoinette Malone
North Side Christian Academy

Mr. Cole Smith
Charlotte, North Carolina
Son of Warren and Missy Smith
Hickory Grove Baptist Christian School

Mr. Andrew Chinlund
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Son of Charles Asbornsen and Alicia Chinlund
Jack Britt High School


Mr. Jacob Dockery
Clayton, North Carolina
Son of Wayne and Diane Dockery
Clayton High School



United States Naval Academy

Mr. Thomas W. Smith
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Son of D. Joe and Vicky Smith
Fork Union Military Academy

Mr. Justin R. Casper
Tarboro, North Carolina
Son of Joyce Anderson
North Pitt High School

Mr. Uditbhan Rathore
Charlotte, North Carolina
Son of Abhai and Monica Rathore
Providence High School

Mr. Christopher C. Morgan
Arden, North Carolina
Son of Bradley and Donna Morgan
TC Roberson High School



United States Merchant Marine Academy

Mr. Dustin T. Potter
Granite Falls, North Carolina
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Terry Potter
South Caldwell High School