Sen. Tom Carper announced Jan. 23 the names of his service academy nominees for the Class of 2022, bringing these Delawareans one step closer to joining the ranks of America’s military officers.

Members of Congress are charged with nominating top candidates from their home state to be considered for admission to the nation’s service academies.

Carper’s nominations to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs are Alex Angell, of Selbyville, Sussex Technical High School; Elise Buonopane, of Wilmington, Delaware Military Academy; Madison Cook, of Camden, Caesar Rodney High School; Markus Cook, of Bear, Delaware Military Academy; Steven Ferrandino, of Dover, Caesar Rodney High School; Aidan O’Connor, of Wyoming, Caesar Rodney High School; and Andrew Zimmerman, of Magnolia, Caesar Rodney High School.

Carper’s nominations to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis are Alex Angell, of Selbyville, Sussex Technical High School; Lindsay Asbury, of Smyrna, University of Delaware; David Bondi, of Wilmington, Archmere Academy; Kathryn Certesio, of Newark, Delaware Military Academy; Madison Cook, of Camden, Caesar Rodney High School; Alexander Horgan, of Wilmington, St. Andrew’s School; Mary McCann, of Hockessin, The Charter School of Wilmington; Wei-Ling Moloy, of Hockessin, Padua Academy; Dylan Norman, of Seaford, Seaford High School; and Jacob Wandless, of Magnolia, Polytech High School.

Carper’s nominations to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point are Alex Angell, of Selbyville, Sussex Technical High School; Elise Buonopane, of Wilmington, Delaware Military Academy; Rachel Carlton, of Newark, Caravel Academy; Madison Cook, of Camden, Caesar Rodney High School; Markus Cook, of Bear, Delaware Military Academy; Michael Devine, of Wilmington, Archmere Academy; Jacob Wandless, of Magnolia, Polytech High School; and Jack Windham, of Dover, St. Thomas More Academy.

Carper’s nominations to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point are Alex Angell, of Selbyville, Sussex Technical High School; Kevin Bryan, of Wilmington, Delaware Military Academy; Kathryn Certesio, of Newark, Delaware Military Academy; Markus Cook, of Bear, Delaware Military Academy; Helen Davis, of Dagsboro, Indian River High School; Michael Devine, of Wilmington, Archmere Academy; Christopher Trentham, of Middletown, Delaware Military Academy; and Jacob Wandless, of Magnolia, Polytech High School.

For those students interested in applying to a service academy, Carper will host a free information session for students, parents and educators from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 22 at Delaware Technical Community College’s Terry Campus, 100 Campus Drive, Dover. Representatives from service academies and the congressional delegation offices and the U.S. Air Force will be on hand to provide information about applying and answer questions.