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Four Maui Students Nominated to Service Academies

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US Senator Brian Schatz announced the names of 42 students nominated to attend one of the nation’s service academies. Four of the students come from Maui high-schools.

Kaila Kalauokaaea-Kahele of Maui High School, Renae Lallo of Seabury Hall, Camryn Ban of Maui High Naval Academy Prep School, and Benjamin Swartz of Seabury Hall were all nominated by Sen. Schatz.

The four service academies are: the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Military Academy, the United States Naval Academy and the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

“The students who attend our country’s service academies represent the best the United States has to offer,” said Senator Schatz. “I look forward to seeing these young men and women grow into the next generation of military leaders.”


Service Academy nominees were selected by a panel that included Allen Hoe, a decorated Vietnam War veteran and current Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for East Hawai‘i. Applicants were considered based on their ability to successfully meet the rigorous demands for the undergraduate education and training of officers of the United States Armed Forces, as well as their demonstrated leadership skills through athletics and other organizations, and an overall commitment to the military, the community and our country. Nominees will now be considered for appointment by the US Service Academies.

Below is a full list of nominees submitted for consideration:

United States Air Force Academy


Shane Barry, Waipahu, Pearl City High School
Hunter Fujitani, Kane‘ohe, Kamehameha Schools Kapalama, University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa
Kaila Kalauokaaea-Kahele, Kahului, Maui High School
Nicolas Nakaoka, Honolulu, Punahou School, Air Force Prep-Northwestern Falcon Foundation
Joshua Nekoba, Honolulu, Punahou School
Robert-Dayle Pescaia, Kailua, Kamehameha Schools, Air Force Prep School
Denison Piosalan, Honolulu, Saint Louis School
Gabriela Siaosi, Mililani, ‘Iolani School
Keane Singleton, ‘Ewa Beach, Campbell High School

United States Military Academy

Saydee Aganus, Hilo, Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi, West Point Prep School
Carlito Ancheta, Vermont, Seoul American High School, Norwich University
Ha’ahula Crisostomo, Honolulu, Moanalua High School, New Mexico Military Institute
Enjolique Hughes, Kailua-Kona, Makua Lani Christian Academy
Logan Kauina, Honolulu, Kamehameha School Kapālama
Renae Lallo, Wailuku, Seabury Hall
Julia Lim, Kealakekua, Konawaena High School
Denison Piosalan, Honolulu, Saint Louis School
Luke Schwab, Honolulu, Moanalua High School
Lorraine Sim, Honolulu, Punahou School


United States Naval Academy

Amanda-Marie Agustin, Honolulu, Punahou School
Jordan Asentista, Pearl City, Punahou School
Camryn Ban, Kahului, Maui High, Naval Academy Prep School
Jake Basque, Kealakekua, Konawaena High School
Rafe Blair, Kailua, Le Jardin Academy
Jacob Haviland-Olores, Waimea, Kamehameha Schools Kapālama
Jaesun  Lee, Honolulu, Punahou School
Samuel Melendrez, Mililani, Mililani High School
Matthew Meyer, Jr., Pāhoa, Pāhoa High & Intermediate
Leah Mills, Honolulu, Kaiser High School
Riece Myers, Honolulu, Kalani High School
Isabella Ray Olaes, Kapolei, Kapolei High School
Anna Peters, Haleiwa, Waialua High School
Henry Scherer, Kalaheo, Island School
Luke Schwab, Honolulu, Moanalua High School
Benjamin Swartz, Kīhei, Seabury Hall
Gilson  Villanueva, Honolulu, Radford High School
Tristen Wanner, Honolulu, Radford High School
Ronan  Witherwax, Honolulu, Punahou School

United States Merchant Marine Academy

Rafe Blair, Kailua, Le Jardin Academy
Kaimana Drago, Honolulu, Punahou School
Luke Faurot, Kailua, LeJardin Academy
Riece Myers, Honolulu, Kalani High School

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