Three Hawai‘i Island Students Accepted to US Military Academies

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High school students from around the state were honored on Tuesday, May 29 by the Military Affairs Council for their acceptance to prestigious U.S. military academies nationwide. Courtesy photo.

Thirty-five Hawai‘i high school students and prior enlisted military members have been accepted into four U.S. service academies this year, and 10 have been appointed to U.S. service academy preparatory schools.

Of the group, three students are from Hawai‘i Island and were accepted to the following academies:

  • Ragan Leslie of Konawaena High School, Class of 2017 – U.S. Naval Academy
  • Lawrence Barrett of Konawaena High School, Class of 2017 – U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Saydee Aganus of Kamehameha Schools-Hawai‘i Class of 2018 – U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School

Of the 35 who have accepted appointments, 25 students and their parents were recognized during a reception hosted by the Military Affairs Council (MAC) of the Chamber of Commerce Hawai‘i on Tuesday, May 29 at the Plaza Club.


“We are honored to be able to host this reception every year for these individuals and their families,” said Dennis Gibson, senior vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton, an MAC member. “Thousands of students apply to these prestigious military academies with strong academic achievements and outstanding character with the commitment to serve the nation. We want to wish this diverse group that come from both public and private schools across the state, the best of luck in their success and thank them for their commitment to serve our country.”

The students have been accepted to attend prestigious military academies including: U.S. Military Academy (West Point), U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School, U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School and U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School.

The institutions are designed to prepare young adult students to become officers in the U.S. armed forces.


The following Hawai‘i high school students were accepted to U.S. military academies:

U.S. Military Academy
· Travis Afuso (Mililani High School 2018)
· Caleb Burnett (Damien Memorial School 2017)
· Jasmine Conroy-Humphrey (Lanai High School 2018)
· Keona Conroy-Humphrey (Lanai High School 2018)
· Nicholas Isenhower (Phillips (MA) 2018)
· Jordan Jones (St. Andrew’s Priory 2018)
· Caleb Koyn (Home School 2018)
· Jack Machorek (Kauai High School 2018)
· Larissa Tsai (Kapa‘a High School 2018)
· Sean Michael (Mililani High School 2017)
· Anessa Ridley (Moanalua High School 2017)

U.S. Naval Academy
· Andreas Casillas (Radford High School 2017)
· Katreina Corpuz (Punahou School 2018)
· Saiaiga Fautanu (‘Iolani School 2017)
· Miyuu Handa (Kalaheo High School 2018)
· Loan Mai La (U.S. Navy)
· Kenneth McKinlay (‘Iolani School 2018)
· LeGrand Pound (Sacred Hearts Academy 2018)
· Jacob Savage (Punahou School 2018)
· Daniel Clum (U.S. Navy)
· Ragan Leslie (Konawaena High School 2017)


U.S. Air Force Academy
· Quade Aiu (Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama 2017)
· Jordan Azume (‘Iolani School 2018)
· Tanisha Elbourne (Punahou School 2018)
· Kainoa Gnos (Le Jardin Academy 2017)
· Felicity Horan (Moanalua High School 2018)
· Heidi Kwock (Punahou School 2018)
· Sierra Lyon (Waialua High School 2018)
· Caroline Pickart (Kalaheo High School 2018)
· Lawrence Barrett (Konawaena High School 2017)
· Jack Dillon (Radford High School 2018)
· Farrel Ekau, Jr. (Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama 2017)
· Nakoa Pauole (Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama 2017)

U.S. Coast Guard Academy
· Braven Bolosan-Maeva (Punahou School 2018)
· Abigail Horan (Moanalua High School 2018)

U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School
· Saydee Aganus (Kamehameha Schools-Hawai‘i 2018)
· Haahulakaleikaimana Crisostomo (Moanalua High School 2018)

U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School
· Cheyenne Appleby (U.S. Navy)
· Camryn Ban (Maui High School 2018)
· Rachelle Lariba (Kapolei High School 2018)
· Rose Tracy (U.S. Navy 2018)
· Trevon Wilkins (U.S. Navy 2018)

U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School
· Robert-Dayle Pescaia (Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama 2018)
· Shaina Uyechi (King Kekaulike High School 2018)
· Kiana Whitmore (Kalaheo High School 2018)

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