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Mike Garcia Congratulates 16 Military Service Academy Appointees


Rep. Garcia with the Military Service Academy Appointees


WASHINGTON, D.C.
–Representative Mike Garcia (CA-25) hosted a reception to congratulate the Military Service Academy Appointees from California’s 25th District. Earlier this year, Garcia nominated a selection of High School students from California’s 25th District to Military Service Academies, 16 of Garcia’s nominees have been appointed to Military Service Academies or Military Service Preparatory Schools. Of the 16, 14 will attend Military Service Academies and two will attend Military Service Preparatory Schools.

“It was great to meet all of the outstanding Military Service Academy Appointees and their families,” said Garcia. “Attending a Military Service Academy is an incredible honor and achievement and these students, and their families should be proud. As a U.S. Naval Academy alum, I know that this achievement did not come easily and that challenging, but rewarding things await these young leaders. These students have shown leadership and dedication to their country and I look forward to seeing all the great things they achieve.”

The appointees from California’s 25th District are as follows:

  • Joseph Ahart - William S. Hart High School - Santa Clarita – U.S. Military Academy
  • Luke Hoelzel – West Ranch High School –Santa Clarita - U.S. Military Academy
  • Kevin Duong - West Ranch High School - Castaic - U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Benjamin Valdez - West Ranch High School - Stevenson Ranch - U.S. Naval Academy
  • Izabela Gorcynski - Saugus High School - Santa Clarita -  U.S. Naval Academy
  • Hunter Romine - West Ranch High School -  Santa Clarita - U.S. Military Academy
  • Chapman Wolf - Trinity Classical Academy – Castaic - U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Shane Sypher - Trinity Classical Academy - Castaic - U.S. Naval Academy
  • Gabriella Meccia - Bishop Alemany High School - Simi Valley - U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Kemp Fairbanks - Vasquez High School - Agua Dulce - U.S. Military Academy
  • Joshua Kang - Highland High School – Palmdale - U.S. Naval Academy
  • Shine Lim - Valencia High School - Valencia -U.S. Military Academy
  • Sierra Paoli - Naval Academy Preparatory School - Simi Valley - U.S. Naval Academy
  • Elias Larry - Sierra Canyon School – Resides in Palmdale – U.S. Naval Academy
  • Sammy Matta - Connecting Water Charter School - Palmdale– U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School
  • Diego Soto - Royal High School -Simi Valley - U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School

The service academies include the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado; the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York; the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; and the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York.

To learn more about the nomination process and how to apply, click here.