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McCarthy Announces Appointment of Local Students to Service Academies

Dec 21, 2017
Press Release

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. Principal nominees are notified in February or late March.


“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 Forces.”

Each candidate was interviewed by Congressman McCarthy’s Academy Interview Committee in November and the selections were submitted to the Congressman.  The Academy Committee Members were: Cam Martin, External Affairs Director at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center, father to two USNA grads (Committee Chair); Lieutenant Tim Buehn, VX-9 detachment, Edwards Air Force Base, Test Pilot (USNA grad) Brenda Lewis, Ed.D., Associate Superintendent of Instruction, Kern High School District; Maureen Basham, Accounts Specialist and Safety Officer for Sequoia Parks Conservancy, retired Marine as Director of Manpower Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center; Dick Taylor, Director, Kern County Veterans Services Department, former Marine Corps active duty member and reservist.

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

Principal:


Homin Key, 17, Ridgeview High School, Bakersfield, CA, son of Steve Key and Juhee Jung.

In addition to receiving a nomination to the Air Force Academy, he also received a competing alternate nomination to the Naval Academy.


Competing Alternates:

Nicholas Arias, Frontier High School, Bakersfield, CA (2017 graduate)

Ahmed Baameur, East Bakersfield High School, Bakersfield, CA

Lee Begin, Garces Memorial High School, Bakersfield, CA

Kami McCormick, Lancaster High School, Lancaster, CA

Izdihar Mohamed, Centennial High School, Bakersfield, CA

Alberto Moita, United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School, Colorado Springs, CO

Roberto Moita, University Of Phoenix, Bakersfield, CA

Derek Rodriguez, Liberty High School, Bakersfield, CA

Jacob Sibayan, Monache High School, Porterville, CA

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

Principal:

Kobie Budak, 18, Frontier High School, Bakersfield, CA, son of Michael and Kristina Budak.

In addition to receiving a nomination to the Military Academy, he also received competing alternate nominations to the Naval and Merchant Marine Academies.

Competing Alternates:

Karla Guzman, Ridgeview High School, Bakersfield, CA

Derek Rodriguez, Liberty High School, Bakersfield, CA

Jacob Sibayan, Monache High School, Porterville, CA

Grant Vigneault, Sherman E. Burroughs High School, Ridgecrest, CA

 
United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD (USNA)


Principal:

Grant Vigneault, 17, Sherman E. Burroughs High School, Ridgecrest, CA, son of David and Kyla Vigneault.

In addition to receiving a nomination to the Naval Academy, he also received a competing alternate nomination to the Military Academy.


Special Mention:

Karla Guzman, 18, Ridgeview High School, Bakersfield, CA, daughter of Orlando and Patricia Guzman.

In addition to receiving a competing nomination to the Naval Academy, she also received a principal nomination to the Merchant Marine Academy and a competing alternate nomination to the Military Academy.

Karla has received an early offer of admission for the Naval Academy and has chosen to accept that appointment.

Competing Alternates:

Nicholas Arias, Frontier High School, Bakersfield, CA (2017 graduate)

Ahmed Baameur, East Bakersfield High School, Bakersfield, CA

Lee Begin, Garces Memorial High School, Bakersfield, CA

Kobie Budak, Frontier High School, Bakersfield, CA

Homin Key, Ridgeview High School, Bakersfield, CA

Derek Rodriguez, Liberty High School, Bakersfield, CA

Jacob Sibayan, Monache High School, Porterville, CA

Michael Stegeman, Frazier Mountain High School, Frazier Park, CA

 

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

Competing Alternates:

Kobie Budak, Frontier High School, Bakersfield, CA

Michael Stegeman, Frazier Mountain High School, Frazier Park, CA

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