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2017 Service Academy Appointments

May 24, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –– Today, Congressman Kevin McCarthy is pleased to announce his nominees who have been offered and accepted their appointments to the United States Service Academies. Nominees were selected in a competitive process in which a number of highly qualified high school students in the 23rd Congressional District applied for consideration. 
Congressman McCarthy has 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 were be ranked according to their competitiveness by the Academy Admission Board and selected for admission at the academy’s discretion.
“Our community is filled with capable, future leaders who display the core values of honor and courage. I am proud to announce the students who will be attending our service academies.” said Congressman McCarthy. “I congratulate each of them in their pursuit of becoming future leaders in our Armed Forces.”
Each candidate was interviewed by Congressman McCarthy’s Academy Interview Committee in December and the selections were submitted to the Congressman.  The Academy Committee Members were: Cam Martin, (Committee Chair), External Affairs Director at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center and parent of two Naval Academy graduates; Commander Mark Haas, Executive Officer, Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake and USNA graduate; David J. Vierra, Ph.D., Superintendent, Antelope Valley Union School District; Marshall Dillard, Principal, Munsey Elementary School; Lisa Kimble-Edmonston, former Broadcast Journalist and contributor to Bakersfield Life Magazine.

United States Air Force Academy

Kaitlyn Ehrlich, 18, Tehachapi High School, Tehachapi, CA, daughter of Joshua and Trudy Ehrlich.


Connor McCormick, 19, Air Force Academy Preparatory School, Colorado Springs, CO, son of Wendy and Brian McCormick. Connor is a graduate of Lancaster High School, Lancaster, CA. He will join his brother, Brian, who is also at the United States Air Force Academy.


Roman Philson, 17, Air Academy High School, Colorado Springs, CO, son of Harvey and Heloise Philson.  Roman was eligible to receive a nomination from Congressman McCarthy because his father’s home of record is in California City, CA.


Dustin Wagner, 19, New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM, son of Daniel and Jennifer Wagner. Dustin is a graduate of Kern Valley High School, Lake Isabella, CA.


United States Military Academy

Spencer Glazer, 18, Independence High School, Bakersfield, CA, son of Fabian and Kip Glazer. Spencer will join his brother, Gabriel, who is also at the United States Military Academy.


Dylan Simonsen, 18, Garces Memorial High School, Bakersfield, CA, son of Randy and Tracy Simonsen.


United States Naval Academy

Sammie Adams, 19, Naval Academy Preparatory School, Annapolis, MD, son of Brian Adams and Geri Jackson. Sammie is a graduate of Kern Valley High School, Lake Isabella, CA.


Vanessa Perez, 18, Naval Academy Preparatory School, Annapolis, MD, daughter of Paul Gomez Perez and Maria Elena Ramirez Gonzales. Vanessa is a graduate of Antelope Valley High School, Lancaster, CA.


Cameron Reeves, 18, Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, CA, son of Todd and Stacy Reeves. Cameron is a graduate of Bakersfield Christian High School in Bakersfield, CA.