Six students from Oklahoma nominated by U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) were appointed to attend military academies this coming fall.
Earlier this month at his Norman district office, Cole personally congratulated Owen Gibson, Brandon Hobbs, Jonah Llanusa, Rafael Lopez, Jesse Scott and John Wirth.
“Each year we have an exceptional class, and this year is no different. Without question, these individuals represent some of the best and brightest in the nation,” Cole said. “The willingness and commitment of these young men to serve reflects greatly upon their parents, their communities, their state, country and patriotism. I am honored to have a small part in their journey.”
Owen Gibson of Elgin and a 2016 graduate of Elgin High School is the son of James and Rebecca Gibson. He will enter the Air Force Academy and intends to study Aerospace Engineering.
“I have been truly humbled by the support of my parents, friends, and community throughout my entire life. They have made me the individual that I am today,” Gibson said. “The reason I will be attending the United States Air Force Academy is my desire to serve this great nation as an officer in the Air Force, and there is no better way to accomplish this goal.”
Brandon Hobbs of Faxon and a 2016 graduate of MacArthur High School in Lawton is the son of Mike and Kerri Stephens. He will enter Air Force Academy and intends to study Aeronautical Engineering.
“I decided to serve because I want to repay the veterans who fought for me by serving for them,” Hobbs said. “I want to prove that the assumptions made toward my generation are not relevant to me.”
Jonah Llanusa of Midwest City and a 2016 graduate of Choctaw High School is the son of Michael and Du Sharme Carter-Llanusa. He is a gifted athlete and is one of the top football recruits for quarterback at the Naval Academy, where he aspires to pursue Special Operations.
“This is an opportunity to raise the standard of excellence in myself, my family, community, state and country,” Llanusa said.
Rafael Lopez of Lawton and a 2016 graduate of Eisenhower High School is the son of Angel and Luzgardarda Lopez. He will enter the Military Academy at West Point and intends to study Economics or Kinesiology.
“My mind and heart are focused on West Point. I plan to push my mind and body to the absolute limit to achieve what I am chasing,” Lopez said. “I will never give up no matter what obstacles stand in my path. West Point is where I am meant to be.”
Jesse Scott of Marietta and a 2016 graduate of Marietta High School is the son of Dustin and Jessica Scott. He will enter the Naval Academy and intends to study Chemical Engineering.
“I hold myself to a higher academic and moral standard,” Scott said. “I strive to go above and beyond what is expected of me, and I knew attending a service academy was the optimal path for a military career.”
John Wirth of Norman and a 2016 graduate of Norman North High School is the son of Joseph and Emily Wirth. He will enter the Air Force Academy and intends to study Aerospace Engineering.
“Life is not so much about who we are as who we will become” Wirth said. “The Air Force Academy offers a community of individuals who embrace hard work, integrity, excellence and the selflessness of service. I cannot think of an institution that would better prepare me for the rest of my life.”