Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Pittenger Announces Five Service Academy Nominations

Dec 31, 2013
Press Release
December 31, 2013


CHARLOTTE - As the New Year begins, several students from the Charlotte area are set to start lives of service to their country.  Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is honored to announce five young men have received appointments to United States service academies for the coming year.
  • Mr. Connor Calvin, a senior at Charlotte Christian School, will join the Naval Academy.  "Every day I want to go to work leading people who seek to craft a better world for their families and liberate those under oppression," Connor stated.  He is the son of Leigh and John Calvin, and lives in Matthews.
  • Mr. Peter Hetzel, who is homeschooled and also attends Grace Academy, will be a cadet at West Point.  Peter has two brothers in the Naval Academy, and joins them in a tradition of service.  He is from Weddington, and is the son of Whitney and James Hetzel.
  • Mr. Ethan Mead, a senior at Charlotte Catholic, wanted to join the Air Force Academy.  "I want to be able to put all of my efforts into making not only the United States a better place to live," Ethan said, "but the rest of the world as well."  The son of Delaine and Mark Mead, Ethan is from Charlotte.
  • Mr. Mitch Renfrow, a senior at Providence Day School, plans to join the Air Force Academy.  As a lacrosse goalie and Sunday school teacher, Mitch believes "the best leader must also be a good follower," and hopes to become an Air Force chaplain.  From Charlotte, he is the son of Georgene and William Renfrow.
  • Mr. Emory Walls, a senior at Providence High School, will join the Air Force Academy.  Emory has been interested in aviation from a young age, since his grandparents gave him a copy of The Encyclopedia of Modern Aircraft for his second birthday.  He is the son of Alison and George Walls, and is from Matthews.
"By serving a cause greater than their own self-interests, each of these young Americans are embarking on an inspiring course which will make America proud," Congressman Pittenger commented.  "The Ninth District is blessed with many talented young individuals, and their willingness to step forward to answer freedom's call reflects their sense of duty, devotion, and resolve."
Congressman Pittenger has personally called all five appointees to congratulate them on this accomplishment.  The five appointees are a great start to the appointment process in the two weeks since Congressman Pittenger's office sent nominations to the service academies.
To date, there have been five appointments for 2014, joining 14 appointments for 2013.