Richard Hanna
Richard Hanna

Students nominated to Merchant Marine, Military and Naval Academies

U.S. Representative Richard Hanna today announced that seven students from the 22nd Congressional District have been nominated to U.S. Service Academies.

Rep. Hanna has an Academy Committee that reviews each candidate’s application and then hosts interviews. The Academy Committee is made up of 15 community leaders, veterans and educators from throughout the 22nd Congressional District. Interviews were hosted in Binghamton and Utica in November. The Committee acts independently and fairly to review and evaluate each student who applies.

The following students received nominations:

  • Aidan Joseph Uvanni, of Deerfield, to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
  • Iain Christopher Herring, of New Hartford, to the U.S. Military Academy
  • Megan E.J. Neuman, of Homer, to the U.S. Military Academy
  • Donna Hoang Le, of Utica, to the U.S. Naval Academy
  • Eric Joohan Lee, of Vestal, to the U.S. Naval Academy
  • Jack Doherty O’Shaughnessy, of Utica, to the U.S. Naval Academy
  • Emerson Isaac Pratt, of Sauquoit, to the U.S. Naval Academy

Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Shirley Eadline of New Hartford is co-chair of the committee with Mrs. Jane Backus, a retired educator from Mexico.

“I congratulate these students and wish them the best as they begin the process to be formally accepted to our Service Academies,” Rep. Hanna said. “It is a privilege to have so many talented students in the 22nd Congressional District, and it is an honor to recommend them for entry to the Service Academies. I wish them much continued success.”

United States Merchant Marine Academy:

Mr. Aidan Joseph Uvanni
Whitesboro High School

Mr. Marc Uvanni of Rome
Ms. Lynn Paquette of Deerfield

Activities and Accomplishments: National Honor Society; Boy’s State; Varsity Track and Field; Science Olympiad; Robotics-member of RoboSpartans


United States Military Academy:

Mr. Ian Christopher Herring
New Hartford Senior High School

Mr. Christopher Herring of Poland
Ms. Denise Herring of New Hartford

Activities and Accomplishments: Eagle Scout; National Honor Society; Boy’s State; Ecology Club


Ms. Megan E.J. Neuman
Homer Central High School (Graduated 2016)
Currently attends Syracuse University

Mr. and Mrs. Matthew and Julie Neuman of Homer

Activities and Accomplishments:  Civil Air Patrol-Cadet Commander; ROTC at Syracuse University; Rifle Club; Volunteer for Syracuse University Special Olympics; Co-founder of a venture capital company


United States Naval Academy:

Ms. Donna Hoang Le
Thomas R. Proctor High School


Mr. Viet H. Le, of Utica, N.Y.

Activities and Accomplishments: NJROTC; Taekwondo-1st Degree Black Belt; Junior Frontiers


Mr. Eric Joohan Lee
Dwight School Seoul, South Korea

Mr. and Mrs. Paul and Kyung Lee of Vestal

Activities and Accomplishments: Class Treasurer; Civil Air Patrol-Cadet Chief Master Sergeant; Future Business Leaders of America-President; Model United Nations-Vice President; Taekwondo-3rd Degree Black Belt


Mr. Jack Doherty O’Shaughnessy
Notre Dame Junior-Senior High School

Mr. Michael O’Shaughnessy, of Rome
Ms. Laura O’Shaughnessy, of Utica

Activities and Accomplishments: NJROTC, Command Master Chief; Football-Captain; American Legion Baseball-Captain; Lacrosse-Captain; National Honor Society


Mr. Emerson Isaac Pratt
New Hartford High School

Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Deborah Pratt, of Sauquoit

Activities and Accomplishments: National Honor Society; Wrestling; Track and Field; Cross Country; Club Soccer; AYSO Soccer Coach

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