Congressman Kevin McCarthy has announced the appointment of several local students to United States service academies.

Bakersfield resident Homin Key, 17, has received the nomination for the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Key is a Ridgeview High School student.

Kobie Budak, 18, has been appointed to the Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. Budak is a Frontier High School student.

Grant Vigneault, 17, has received the nomination for the Naval Academy, located in Annapolis, Maryland. Vigneault is a student at Sherman E. Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest.

Several other Kern County students were chosen as alternates.

“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,” McCarthy said. “I congratulate each of them in their pursuit of becoming future leaders in our Armed Forces.”


The Kern County Department of Public Services’ Holiday Cottage had another successful year.

The department said that it was able to fulfill 1,000 wishes from foster kids in the county this year. Through the cottage, located at 2765 Calloway Drive, members of the community were able to choose a child and fulfill a Christmas wish with a gift. The cottage was open from Nov. 27 through Dec. 11.

“We wanted to take the time to thank the community for their generosity in helping fill the wishes of foster children again this year,” the department said in a press release. “Many members of the community chose to fill both wishes listed from the children in Kern County Foster Care, making the holidays just that much more special for these kids.”


A community Kwanzaa event will be held on Dec. 27.

The Sankofa Collective is partnering with the city Recreation and Parks department, First and Always Melanin and other organizations to offer the celebration, which will be held from 1-5 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, located at 1000 S. Owens St.

The free event will include music and dance performances, an art gallery, vendors and more.

For more information, call 319-7611.

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