RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Four more Rio Rancho residents have congressional nominations to military service academies, according to information from U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján’s office.
Cleveland High School students Brandon Vasquez Gonzales, Sidney Robey and Tyler Bouton, and Evan Watry, a Rio Rancho resident attending Explore Academy charter school in Albuquerque, received nominations from Luján, D-N.M.
Local students Natalie Dempsey and Jared Montgomery, and Eric Borrego, a Rio Rancho native attending the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, received nominations from Luján and one of the U.S. senators from New Mexico. A panel of veterans interviews each candidate, who has already submitted a lengthy application and two 500-word essays.
The vice president can also nominate students for service academies, but the Observer has not yet obtained his list.