CLOVIS (KSMX) – U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced yesterday the 44 New Mexico students who have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy beginning in 2019. The list includes three students from Eastern New Mexico, Roswell and Clovis specifically. James Burroughes of Clovis received his nomination to attend the United States Air Force Academy. A congressional, vice-presidential, or service-connected nomination is required for admission to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Students receiving Udall’s nomination completed a competitive application process, which included interviews with the senator’s Military Academy Service Panels, comprised of active duty service members, veterans and community leaders. Udall commented on the nominations, stating “These exceptional young people have demonstrated strong leadership in both their academic and extracurricular activities, along with a commitment to serve – a true testament to their character and motivation.” Nominated students will now compete for admission to their service academy over the coming months. Those admitted will begin classes in the summer of 2019 as members of the class of 2023.