Jan 5, 2015

McCarthy Announces Nominations of Local Students to Military Academies

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Today, Congressman Kevin McCarthy is pleased to announce his nominations to the United States Service Academies.  Nominees were selected in a competitive process in which a number of highly qualified 23rd Congressional District high school students applied for consideration.

Congressman McCarthy designated one principal nominee for each academy that will fill one of five slots afforded to him as a Member of Congress at each academy.  He also nominated a slate of competing alternate nominations for each academy that will be ranked according to their competitiveness by the Academy Admission Board and selected for admission at the academy’s discretion.

Some applicants received a nomination to more than one academy according to the rank preference listed on their application. The academies traditionally notify the alternates by April whether or not they will be offered an appointment.

“I am proud to nominate students from my district who display the core values of honor and courage in their commitment to serve our country,” said Congressman McCarthy. “I congratulate each of them in their pursuit of becoming future leaders in our Armed Services.”

Each candidate was interviewed by Congressman McCarthy’s Academy Interview Committee and the selections were submitted to the Congressman.  The 2014 Academy Committee Members are: Cam Martin, External Affairs Director at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center and parent of two Naval Academy graduates, (Committee Chair); Rear Admiral Michael T. Moran, Commander, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division for Test and Evaluation, Naval Air Systems Command at China Lake (1984 USNA graduate);Sheryl Taylor, Teacher, Delano Union Elementary, parent to USMA graduate and also parent to Army active duty son; Kiyoshi Tomono, News Anchor/Reporter, KGET TV News in Bakersfield; and Lieutenant Colonel Brendon O’Dowd, Chaplain, 412th Test Wing, Edwards Air Force Base (1991 USAFA graduate).

 

United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO (USAFA)

Principal Nominee:

Anna Leland, 18, of Lancaster, CA, attends Desert Christian High School in Lancaster, CA.  She is a two-sport athlete in Track and Field and Cross Country, which she serves as team manager. She is the Vice President for the California Scholarship Federation and President of the National Honor Society at Desert Christian. Additionally, she has participated in Drama all four years and was the director for her school’s drama productions for the past 3 years.  She maintains a 4.25 GPA and received a perfect score in the Reading Section on her SAT. She expects to major in mechanical engineering while at the academy.

Each year USAFA sends Letters of Assurance (LOA) to a select few exceptionally qualified candidates as an offer of early admission pending a congressional nomination.

Gabrielle Evey, 17, LOA recipient, of Rosamond, CA, attends Desert Junior/Senior High School at Edwards, CA. She is a two-sport athlete in Cross Country and Track and Field.  She is the Varsity Mathletes Captain and Wing Commander of the Air Force Junior ROTC at Desert, where she has achieved the rank of Cadet Colonel and commands over 130 cadets.  She is currently pursuing her Private Pilot’s License.  She expects to major in mechanical engineering and hopes to be service selected into pilot training upon graduation.

The following students received competing alternate nominations to USAFA from Congressman McCarthy:

Nelson Chandler, Bakersfield Christian High School, Bakersfield, CA

Annie Ewbank, Burroughs High School, Ridgecrest, CA

Ashley Jaynes, Independence High School, Bakersfield, CA

John Kulick, Woodlake High School, Woodlake, CA

Brian McCormick, Lancaster High School, Lancaster, CA

Claire Travis, Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, CA

 

United States Military Academy, West Point, NY (USMA)

Principal Nominee:

Samuel Oliver, 19, of Bakersfield, CA, currently attends Marion Military Institute in Alabama.  He is a 2014 graduate of Frontier High School where he participated in the swim team all four years. He was involved in school leadership and the LARP Club, Men of God Leadership Team at FHS. Sam plans to major in engineering at the academy and hopes to be service selected for Infantry or Combat Engineer upon graduation.

Each year USMA sends Letters of Assurance (LOA) to a select few exceptionally qualified candidates as an offer of early admission pending a congressional nomination.

Hope Green, 17, LOA recipient, of Bakersfield, CA, attends North High School in Bakersfield. She is a three-sport athlete in Soccer where she served as Team Captain last year, and also has participated in Track and Field her 9th and 10th grade years. She has participated in the Tennis team all four years at NHS. She is Treasurer of the MAYA Club at NHS and active in Future Farmers of America (FFA).  She plans to major in a medical-related field and hopes to be service selected in the Medical Corps or Medical Research upon graduation.

The following students received competing alternate nominations to USMA from Congressman McCarthy:

Luke Buzzelli, Porterville High School, Porterville, CA

Ashley Jaynes, Independence High School, Bakersfield, CA

John Kulick, Woodlake High School, Woodlake, CA

Noah Lozano, Frontier High School, Bakersfield, CA

 

United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD (USNA)

Principal Nominee:

Nelson Chandler, 18, of Bakersfield, CA, attends Bakersfield Christian High School, Bakersfield, CA.  He has participated in Tennis all four years at BCHS.  He is a member of Ford Dimension and has consistently placed and participated in the Kern County Science Fair.  He has over 800 hours of community service.  Nelson will be joining his sister Molly at USNA, who is expected to graduate in 2016. He plans to major in political science and service select Surface Warfare with hopes of a future career in the Naval JAG Corps. In addition to receiving a principal nomination to USNA, he also received a competing alternate nomination to USAFA.

Special Note:

Austin White, 17, of Ridgecrest, CA, attends Sherman E. Burroughs High School, Ridgecrest, CA.  He is receiving a Presidential Nomination as a child of a military member who was killed in action while in service to their country. Each Academy is afforded 100 slots to candidates who receive this nomination.  He also received a competing alternate nomination from Congressman McCarthy. Austin is Team Captain of the Football Team and has also participated in Soccer.  He is involved in Key Club and Habitat for Humanity. Austin wants to become an officer in the Navy.

The following students received competing alternate nominations to USNA from Congressman McCarthy:

Joshua Bailey, Naval Academy Preparatory School (Note: Frontier High School graduate)

Annie Ewbank, Burroughs High School, Ridgecrest, CA

John Kulick, Woodlake High School, Woodlake, CA

Brian McCormick, Lancaster High School, Lancaster, CA

Coleman Olivas, Bakersfield High School, Bakersfield, CA

Shelby Russ, Bakersfield High School, Bakersfield, CA

Claire Travis, Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, CA

 

United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY (USMMA)

Principal Nominee:

Kiani Espiritu, 19, of Bakersfield, CA, currently attends New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. He is a 2014 graduate of Stockdale High School in Bakersfield. At SHS, he held several class offices and played basketball all four years and tennis for two.  He is planning on majoring in engineering degree in marine studies.  He is considering cross commissioning into the Navy or remaining with the Merchant Marines upon graduation.

The following students received competing alternate nominations to USMMA from Congressman McCarthy:

Justin Acala, Bakersfield, Frontier High School, Bakersfield, CA

Coleman Olivas, Bakersfield High School, Bakersfield, CA

Shelby Russ, Bakersfield High School, Bakersfield, CA