WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz recently announced his nominations to the various United States military service academies for the class of 2013.

Each year members of Congress nominate exemplary young men and women to the U.S. military service academies and, from those nominations, the service academies select the freshman class for the following summer.

"These are smart, brave young South Texans being nominated to the military academies, and we are proud of their dedication to our nation. Students accepted by the academies receive the finest quality education the Armed Services of the United States can offer," Ortiz said.

The following names of local students were submitted to the academies. Final selection is determined by the individual service academies.

Some names are submitted to more than one academy if there was an alternative preference by the candidate, and if space is available at that academy:

U.S. Naval Academy: Zachary P.W. Tews-Bishop High School;

U.S. Air Force Academy: Cody Andrew Arnold, Calallen High School.