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McCarthy introduces 7 students on way to US service academies

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From left to right are Michelle Sosa, U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis; Joseph Soliz-Martinez, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; Kara McCormick, U.S. Air Force Academy; Samuel Quick, U.S. Air Force Academy; Rep. Kevin McCarthy; Nicholas Carson, U.S. Air Force Academy; Cole Gaines, U.S. Military Academy at West Point; and Jaden Beauchamp, U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

The seven young men and women from the 23rd Congressional District who will take off for U.S. service academies in the next month were introduced by Rep. Kevin McCarthy on Memorial Day.

"The kids behind us are making a commitment," McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, said Monday outside the Bakersfield Association of Realtors office, as the students stood by him during brief introductions.