Sen. Gillibrand Announces 2012 Upstate Academy Nominations

Matthew Giachinta

Cold Spring’s Matthew Giachinta nominated to West Point

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has announced her nominations of upstate New Yorkers to the nation’s leading service institutions – the United States Air Force, Military, and Naval Academies.  Included among them is Matthew Giachinta, of Cold Spring.

A selection committee formed by Senator Gillibrand chose the nominees from a large group of qualified applicants. Decisions were based on criteria including academic record, leadership potential, and overall achievement. Final acceptance is determined solely by the service academies.

United States Military Academy at West Point.

Senator Gillibrand said, “Our Service Academies are distinguished by a devotion to honor, courage and commitment. I am honored to nominate these young, talented New Yorkers who exemplify these core values. It is my hope that the accomplished nominees have the chance to live their dreams and serve in our country’s armed forces with distinction.”

Following is the full list of Hudson Valley nominees:

  • Matthew Giachinta (Cold Spring, Putnam County) United States Military Academy at West Point.
  • Irojemi Banks (West Point, Orange County) United States Military Academy at West Point.
  • Eric Wellmon (Wallkill, Orange County) United States Naval Academy.
  • John Darling (New Windsor, Orange County) United States Merchant Marine Academy.
  • Nahm Doug Kim (Putnam Valley, Putnam County) United States Military Academy at West Point.
  • Sohrob Sullivan-Davachi (Glenham, Dutchess County) United States Naval Academy.
  • Alexandra Baker (Hartsdale, Westchester County) United States Military Academy at West Point.
  • Jose Arroyo (Yonkers, Westchester County) United States Naval Academy.
  • Matthew Waldman (South Salem, Westchester County) United States Air Force Academy.
  • Harrison Meyer (Yorktown Heights, Westchester County) United States Air Force Academy.

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