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Nominees from CA-21 Accepted into U.S. Services Academies

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Hanford, May 6, 2015 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
Three Central Valley students who received Academy Nominations from Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) were offered appointments to various United States Service Academies. The nominees, who were announced at the beginning of the year, were seeking admission to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.
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Three Central Valley students who received Academy Nominations from Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) were offered appointments to various United States Service Academies. The nominees, who were announced at the beginning of the year, were seeking admission to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.

A non-partisan Academy Advisory Board made up of Central Valley veterans assisted with the nomination process. Factors such as academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, leadership skills, physical ability, and character of applicants were taken into consideration by the advisory board during the nomination process.

Congressman Valadao stated,“The privilege of nominating these students is an aspect of my job that I thoroughly enjoy. Our Central Valley should be proud that these students, who exemplify true leadership, determination, and commitment, will represent our community at America’s Military Academies. Their willingness to serve and their dedication to our country is truly inspiring.”

Congressman Valadao’s nomination did not guarantee admission to a service academy as the academies’ respective admissions boards determine who is offered appointment, and ultimately admitted. Some individuals may have been accepted to multiple academies; if they received appointment offers from more than one academy, the student will decide which to attend.

The following nominees were offered academy appointments:
  • Ms. Hailey Kiser from Kingsburg High School has been offered appointments to the United States Air Force Academy and the United States Naval Academy. Hailey accepted the appointment to United Air Force Academy
  • Mr. Dylan Chang from Selma High School has been offered an appointment to the United States Military Academy
  • Mr. Roman Benitez from Lemoore High School has been offered a scholarship to the US Naval Academy Foundation Scholarship Program
Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District of California, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.

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U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao

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