Rep. Kevin McCarthy announced his nominations to the various U.S. service academies this week. Nominees were selected in a competitive process in which a number of highly qualified 23rd Congressional District high school students applied for consideration, his office said in a news release.
McCarthy designated one principal nominee for each academy for five slots McCarthy, as a member of Congress, gets to appoint. 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 these students to our nation’s distinguished service academies. Each one displays 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.”
Each candidate was interviewed in November by McCarthy’s committee: Trevor Horn, Bakersfield Californian high school sportswriter and host of "BVarsity Nightly" and "BVarsity Live" and an Air Force veteran; Cam Martin, retired external affairs director at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center; Col. Kirk L. Reagan, vice commander of the 412th Test Wing at Edwards Air Force Base (and a 1996 Air Force Academy graduate); Nate Nelson, superintendent of the Porterville Unified School District; and Teri Goldner, a retired federal magistrate and former Kern County counsel and now a part-time professor at Kern County College of Law.
The appointees were:
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs: Amanda Rodriguez, 17, Desert Junior-Senior High School, Edwards, daughter of Richard and Lorena Rodriguez. She also received a competing alternate nomination to the Naval Academy.
The alternates were Enrique Arjona, Lancaster High School; Trevor Frisbee, Sherman E. Burroughs High School, Ridgecrest; Orlando Guzman, Cal State Northridge (and a 2017 graduate of Ridgeview High School); Nathan Jones, Centennial High School; Dakota Ochoa, Liberty High School; Joshuah Ramirez, Quartz Hill High School, Lancaster; Jessica Riggs, Tehachapi High School; Jacob Sibayan, Cal State Long Beach (and a 2018 graduate of Monache High School in Porterville); and Grant Snyder, U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School, Colorado Springs (and a 2018 graduate of Porterville High School).
U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.: Nathan Jones, 17, Centennial High School, son of Ryan Jones and Kimberly Hoffman. Jones also received a competing alternate nomination to the Air Force Academy.
The alternates were: Ryan Aguilar, Liberty High School; Trevor Frisbee, Burroughs High School; Jeremiah Greene, Rosamond High School; Joshuah Ramirez, Quartz Hill High School; and Jacob Sibayan, Cal State Long Beach.
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.: Nathan Roodzant, 17, Bakersfield Christian High School, son of Steven and Krista Roodzant.
The alternates were: Trevor Frisbee, Burroughs High; Jeremiah Greene, Rosamond High School; Orlando Guzman, Cal State Northridge; Jonathan Parham, Frontier High School; Jessica Riggs, Tehachapi High School; Amanda Rodriguez, Desert Junior-Senior High School; Michael Stegeman, The Kiski School, Saltsburg, Pa. (and a 2018 graduate of Frazier Mountain High School); Gavin Vigneault, Burroughs High School; and Evelyne Witherell, University of Colorado, Boulder (and a 2018 graduate of Burroughs High School).
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y.: Gavin Vigneault, 17, Burroughs High School, son of David and Kyla Vigneault.
The alternates were: Jonathan Parham; Trevor Frisbee; Jeremiah Greene; Joshuah Ramirez; Jacob Sibayan; Michael Stegeman; and Kami McCormick, Northwestern Preparatory School, Crestline (and a 2018 graduate of Lancaster High School).