Butterfield Announces Military Academy Appointments

May 31, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today announced the names of eight students from North Carolina’s First Congressional District, all of whom he nominated, who have received appointments to the U.S. military academies. 

This year, Congressman Butterfield recommended eight men and women to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO, and the U.S. Naval Academy Prep School at Newport, RI.  Students seeking a service academy nomination through Butterfield’s congressional office completed an extensive application process that examined their academic, civil, and physical abilities, as well as their commitment to military service.

“I am proud to have nominated these young adults for appointment to our nation’s most prestigious service academies,” said Butterfield.  “These leaders have demonstrated a commitment to personal excellence and public service and I am confident they possess the necessary qualities to successfully graduate from their respective service academies.”

The service academies offer students dedicated to public service an undergraduate education that integrates academic studies with athletic competition and preparation for military leadership.  To be admitted to a military academy, students must be nominated by their U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, or the Vice President of the United States.  Upon receiving a nomination, applicants must pass the admissions processes of the respective academies.  Once admitted, these students will receive a top-tier education at no cost with the commitment that they will serve in the armed forces for five years after graduation.

Below is the list of students from the First Congressional District who have been appointed to a military academy for the 2018-2019 academic year after receiving a nomination from Congressman Butterfield: 

Butterfield Announces Military Academy Appointments
Students pictured from upper left to bottom right: August Peters, Lauren Janok, Megan Reisch, Shaquita Lee,
Mirage Sachin-Yash Vyas, Victoria Sanchez, Tucker Brown (not pictured: Lyse-Loren Rochleder)

U.S. Air Force Academy:

Megan Reisch – Junius H. Rose High School, Greenville, NC

August Peters – Riverside High School, Durham, NC

Shaquita Lee – Gaston College Preparatory, Gaston, NC and U.S. Air Force Academy Prep School


U.S. Naval Academy:

Tucker Brown – South Granville High School, Wilton, NC


U.S. Naval Academy Prep School:

Victoria Sanchez – South Creek High School, Robersonville, NC


U.S. Military Academy at West Point:

Lauren Janok – North Raleigh Christian Academy, Rougemont, NC

Mirage Sachin-Yash Vyas – Durham School of the Arts, Durham, NC

Lyse-Loren Rochleder – Jordan High School, Durham, NC and U.S. Military Academy Prep School