Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, on Friday announced his nominations to the United States Services Academies.

“Our service academies are our nation’s finest institutions to prepare our next generation of leaders. Attendance comes as an honor and with tremendous responsibility,” McCarthy said. “To me, there is no community with such well-rounded young men and women who are committed to serving the United States of America like ours. And this year I am proud to nominate those students who display this potential for excellence.”

Along with principal nominees, McCarthy nominated competing alternates for each academy, which include the Army, Air Force, Navy and Merchant Marines.

The following was provided in a News release from McCarthy’s office:

Robert Purdy, 19, of Bakersfield, is the principal nominee for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. He graduated from Stockdale High School in 2015 and is attending Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H. While at the academy, he expects to major in mechanical engineering focusing on automotive systems and engineering management.  

Competing alternates for the Military Academy include Charles Dobbin from Desert High School in Edwards; Hayden Dyc from Highland High School; Quinn Giesick and John Owens from Liberty High School; Andrew Lewis from Harmony Magnet Academy in Porterville; Austin Pendergrass from Taft College; and Timothy Rossi from Bakersfield High School.

The principal nominee for the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs is 18-year-old Sarah Gingras, of Bakersfield. She attends Bakersfield College and graduated from Centennial High School. She is a student pilot and has soloed a Starduster II. She is logging hours toward her Airframe and Power Plant License to work as an aircraft mechanic. She hopes to become an Air Force pilot upon graduation from the academy.

Competing alternates for the Air Force Academy include Justin Bishop from the U.S. Naval Academy Prep School in Colorado Springs, Colo.; Anne Ewbank from Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas; Quinn Giesick from Liberty High School; Maxx McCabe from Tehachapi High School; Brian McCormick from Northwestern Preparatory School in Santa Barbara; Connor McCormick from Lancaster High School; Marcella Rivas from Frontier High School; and Dustin Wagner from Kern Valley High School.

Garron Ireton, 17, of Edwards, received the presidential nomination for the Air Force Academy. He attends Desert High School at Edwards Air Force Base and has been offered an appointment and accepted. Presidential nominations are offered to children of career officers and enlisted personnel of the Armed Forces. After graduating from the academy, he hopes to become a fighter pilot and later a test pilot and astronaut.

The principal nominee for the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis was Andrew Lewis of Porterville. Lewis, 17, attends Harmony Magnet Academy in Strathmore. At the academy, he plans on majoring in chemistry or electrical engineering. He hopes to be an officer on a naval destroyer after graduation, with the goal of becoming a captain of a vessel and remaining in the Navy for the entirety of his professional career.

Competing slternates for the Naval Academy include David Aranda from Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest; Daniel Childress from Helmholtz Gymnasium in Heidelberg, Germany; Dustin Wagner from Kern Valley High School; Katelyn Garcia from Eastside High School in Lancaster; Maxx McCabe from Tehachapi High School; Cameron Reeves from Bakersfield Christian High School; Daniel Richardson from Frontier High School; and Ruby Stith and Shane Stubblefield from Taft Union High School.

As for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., 18-year-old Dustin Wagner, of Lake Isabella, is the principal nominee. He attends Kern Valley High School. In addition to receiving the principal nomination to the Merchant Marine Academy, Wagner also received competing alternate nominations to the Naval and Air Force academies.

Competing alternates for the Merchant Marine Academy include David Aranda from Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest: Naquore Davis from Independence High School; Manuel Olea from Liberty High School; Maxx McCabe from Tehachapi High School and Cameron Reeves from Bakersfield Christian High School.

Letters of assurance from the Military and Air Force academies, which offer early admission pending a congressional nomination to select candidates, were sent to 17-year-olds Jaeden Watson of Stockdale High School and Kristian Barr of Frontier High School, respectively. 

Watson plans on majoring in mechanical engineering and/or economics in order to pursue a career in the industrial and/or financial fields as an officer. Barr is Cadet Captain and Flight Commander of Squadron 121 Civil Air Patrol; he plans to major in electrical engineering and hopes to become a pilot.

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