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Congressman McCarthy Announces United States Service Academies Attendees

May 12, 2011
Press Release

Congressman Kevin McCarthy today announced that twelve students he nominated from the 22nd Congressional District will attend one of the United States Service Academies in the fall. To date, this is the largest class of incoming cadets and midshipmen who will represent the 22nd Congressional District.

"I'm proud to see so many young people in our community accepted into one of the United States Service Academies," said Congressman McCarthy. "I am confident these bright young men and women will excel in their respective academies, and am glad they will be among those our nation relies on to help ensure our national security. It's inspiring to see so many in our community qualified and willing to serve their country."

The U.S. Service Academies are among the most highly respected and challenging educational programs in the nation. The academies are looking for well-rounded young men and women who have demonstrated character, academic excellence, physical aptitude and have served in leadership positions within their school and community.  Graduates will receive a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission as an officer in the uniformed services.  

Congressman McCarthy will be recognizing the following students from the 22nd Congressional District at his Bakersfield Office on Friday, June 10, 2011 from 5:30-6:30 P.M. This event will be open to the press.

United States Military Academy at West Point, NY
 
Jorge Mazun Casares, 19, United States Military Academy Preparatory School
· Parents: Alicia Mazun and Christopher Hernandez of Rosamond
 
Jesse Joseph Horne, 18, Paso Robles High School in Paso Robles
· Parents: Joseph and Deborah Horne of Paso Robles
 
Mark Edward Van Kopp, 18, Bakersfield High School in Bakersfield
· Parents:  Clifford and Kristi Van Kopp of Bakersfield
 
Joost "Luke" DeMoes, 18, Liberty High School in Bakersfield
· Parents:  Joost and Kelly DeMoes of Bakersfield
 
Nicolas Andres Rodriguez, 17, Frontier High School in Bakersfield
· Parents: Jorge and Rhonda Rodriguez of Bakersfield
 
United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD
 
Stephen Patrick Burke, 17, Stockdale High School in Bakersfield
· Parents: Stephen and Eva Burke of Bakersfield
 
Kristen Rayne Ewert, 17, Centennial High School in Bakersfield
· Parents:  David and Nancy Ewert of Bakersfield
 
Bryce Aaron Keene, 17, Stockdale High School in Bakersfield
· Parents:  Jim and Carey Keene of Bakersfield
 
Spencer Charles Marsh, 18, Paso Robles High School in Paso Robles
· Parents:  Geoffrey Marsh and Kathryn McFarland
 
United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO
 
Courtney Elizabeth Bishop, 17, Desert High School at Edwards AFB, Edwards, California
· Parents: Terry and Susan Bishop
 
Nicholas Andrew Nowland, 18, Randolph High School at Randolph AFB, Texas
· Parents: Brigadier General Mark C. Nowland and Kristan Nowland of Lancaster
 
United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY
 
Baylee Ann Grier, 18, Quartz Hill High School in Lancaster
· Parents: James and Louanne Grier of Lake Elizabeth
 

Special Recognition:

John Paul Conrad Wiemann, 17, of Advanced Christian Schools in Atascadero, California, son of John and Paula Wiemann of Atascadero, has received a Presidential Nomination to both the United States Naval and Air Force Academies.  He has received offers of appointment to both academies. While an unlimited number of nominations are available in this category, only 100 appointments can be offered each year. John has accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy.

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