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McCarthy Announces Nominations of Local Students to Service Academies

Jan 8, 2016
Press Release


Bakersfield, CA - 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.

Congressman Kevin McCarthy made the following statement on this year’s nominations:


Our service academies are our nation’s finest institutions to prepare our next generation of leaders. Attendance comes as an honor and with tremendous responsibility. To me, there is no community with such well-rounded young men and women who are committed to serving the United States of America like ours. And this year I am proud to nominate those students who display this potential for excellence.”       


Each candidate was interviewed by Congressman McCarthy’s Academy Interview Committee and the selections were submitted to the Congressman.  The 2015 Academy Committee Members are: Cam Martin, External Affairs Director at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center and parent of two Naval Academy graduates, (Committee Chair); Brigadier General Carl E. Schaefer, Commander, 412th Test Wing, Edwards Air Force Base, CA (1990 USAFA grad); Joost DeMoes, Superintendent, Rio Bravo-Greeley Union School District, Father to USMA 2015 graduate Luke DeMoes and Noah DeMoes (USMA class of 2018); Olivia Garcia, Adjunct Lecturer at California State University, Bakersfield and Adjunct Faculty at Bakersfield College, Editor of Kern Business Journal and Bakersfield Life Magazine, wife to an active duty Marine Reservist and mother to a newly enlisted Marine; Brooke Antonioni, Co-Owner, Trans-West Security Services, Inc.

 

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

Principal Nominee:

 

Sarah Gingras, 18, of Bakersfield, CA, attends Bakersfield College and is a graduate of Centennial High School in Bakersfield, CA. At Centennial High School, she was an active participant of the “We the People” program. She is founder and president of the Bakersfield College VEX-U Competition Robotics Club. Sarah is a student pilot and has soloed a Starduster II and is currently logging hours towards her Airframe and Power Plant (A&P) License to work as an aircraft mechanic. She is a crew member on "Strega," a modified P-51 air racer, which has won the national championship three times while she has been on the crew. She hopes to become an Air Force Pilot upon graduation from 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.

LOA Recipient:

Kristian Barr, 17, of Bakersfield, CA, attends Frontier High School in Bakersfield, CA.  He participated in Swimming at Frontier for all four years and is a 1st degree black belt.  Kristian is Cadet Captain and Flight Commander of Squadron 121 Civil Air Patrol.  He expects to major in Electrical Engineering and hopes to become a pilot.

 

Competing Alternates: 

Justin Bishop, United States Naval Academy Prep School, Colorado Springs, CO

Anne Ewbank, Schreiner University, Kerrville, TX

Quinn Giesick, Liberty High School, Bakersfield, CA

Maxx McCabe, Tehachapi High School, Tehachapi, CA

Brian McCormick, Northwestern Preparatory School, Santa Barbara, CA

Connor McCormick, Lancaster High School, Lancaster, CA

Marcella Rivas, Frontier High School, Bakersfield, CA

Dustin Wagner, Kern Valley High School, Lake Isabella, CA

Special Recognition- Presidential Nominee:

Garron Ireton, 17, of Edwards, CA,  attends Desert High School, Edwards AFB, CA, and has received a Presidential nomination to the USAFA, has been offered an appointment and accepted. While an unlimited number of presidential nominations are available to children of career officer and enlisted personnel of the Armed Forces, only 100 candidates may be appointed with these nominations each year. Garron has earned awards at the Kern County Science Fair over the past three years. He is a CA Boys State Delegate and Antelope Valley Press Future Leader. He has served as the Air Force JROTC Group Commander and Squadron Flight Commander in Civil Air Patrol. After graduating from the USAFA, he hopes to become a fighter pilot and later a test pilot and astronaut.

 

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

Principal Nominee:

Robert Purdy, 19, of Bakersfield, CA, is a 2015 graduate of Stockdale High School in Bakersfield, CA, and is currently attending Phillips Exeter Academy, in Exeter, NH. At Stockdale High School, he was Senior Class President and participated in Basketball all four years and served as Captain for three years.  He was selected for the Bakersfield Californian Basketball First Team All-Area for two years. While at the academy, he expects to major in mechanical engineering focusing on automotive systems and engineering management.

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.

LOA Recipient:

Jaeden Watson, 17, of Bakersfield, CA, attends Stockdale High School in Bakersfield, CA. He is a two-sport athlete in Cross Country (all-area champion) and Track and Field (state finalist) and was selected to represent Stockdale as a representative at California Boys State where he was elected State Senator. At the academy, he plans on majoring in mechanical engineering and/or economics in order to pursue a career in the industrial and/or financial fields as an officer.

Competing Alternates:

Charles Dobbin, Desert High School, Edwards AFB, CA

Hayden Dyc, Highland High School, Bakersfield, CA

Quinn Giesick, Liberty High School, Bakersfield, CA

Andrew Lewis, Harmony Magnet Academy, Porterville, CA

John Owens, Liberty High School, Bakersfield, CA

Austin Pendergrass, Taft College, Taft, CA

Timothy Rossi, Bakersfield High School, Bakersfield, CA

 

United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD (USNA)

Principal Nominee:

Andrew Lewis, 17, of Porterville, CA, attends Harmony Magnet Academy in Strathmore, CA. He is President of the Key Club and was active in the Porterville Aquatics Club Water Polo Team and Porterville Hurricanes Swim Team between his seventh through eleventh grade years. He was selected to attend California Boys State by Harmony Magnet. At the academy, he plans on majoring in chemistry or electrical engineering. After graduation, he hopes to be an officer on a naval destroyer, with the goal of becoming a captain of a vessel and remaining in the Navy for the entirety of his professional career. 

Competing Alternates:

David Aranda, Burroughs High School, Ridgecrest, CA

Daniel Childress, Helmholtz Gymnasium, Heidelberg, Germany

Katelyn Garcia, Eastside High School, Lancaster, CA

Maxx McCabe, Tehachapi High School, Tehachapi, CA

Cameron Reeves, Bakersfield Christian High School, Bakersfield, CA

Daniel Richardson, Frontier High School, Bakersfield, CA

Ruby Stith, Taft Union High School, Taft, CA

Shane Stubblefield, Taft Union High School, Taft, CA

Dustin Wagner, Kern Valley High School, Lake Isabella, CA

 

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

Principal Nominee:

Dustin Wagner, 18, of Kernville, CA, attends Kern Valley High School in Lake Isabella, CA. He is a three-sport athlete in Basketball, Football and Track and Field and serves as captain of all three teams.  He was selected as a nominee to represent Kern Valley as a representative at California Boys State. Dustin is currently the Senior Class Vice President.  In addition to receiving the principal nomination to USMMA, Dustin also received competing alternate nominations to USNA and USAFA.

Competing Alternates:

David Aranda, Burroughs High School, Ridgecrest, CA

Naquore Davis, Independence High School, Bakersfield, CA

Manuel Olea, Liberty High School, Bakersfield, CA

Maxx McCabe, Tehachapi High School, Tehachapi, CA

Cameron Reeves, Bakersfield Christian High School, Bakersfield, CA

 

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