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Rep. McCarthy announces local students he's nominated to military service academies

Rep. Kevin McCarthy's office on Thursday announced the slate of local students he's nominated to the nation's military service academies.

“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 in a news release. “I congratulate each of them in their pursuit of becoming future leaders in our Armed Forces.”

The selection process is extremely competitive, and there's a great deal of sacrifice and prestige that comes with attending one of the academies.

The congressman chose one principal nominee for each academy, along with some competing alternate nominees. They are:

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY

Principal: Homin Key, 17, Ridgeview High School; Competing Alternates: Nicholas Arias, Frontier High School; Ahmed Baameur, East Bakersfield High School; Lee Begin, Garces Memorial High School; Kami McCormick, Lancaster High School; Izdihar Mohamed, Centennial High School; Alberto Moita, United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School (Colorado Springs); Roberto Moita, University Of Phoenix; Derek Rodriguez, Liberty High School; and Jacob Sibayan, Monache High School (Porterville).

WEST POINT

Principal: Kobie Budak, 18, Frontier High School; Competing Alternates: Karla Guzman, Ridgeview High School; Derek Rodriguez, Liberty High School; Jacob Sibayan, Monache High School (Porterville); and Grant Vigneault, Sherman E. Burroughs High School (Ridgecrest).

U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY

Principal: Grant Vigneault, 17, Sherman E. Burroughs High School (Ridgecrest); Special Mention: Karla Guzman, 18, Ridgeview High School, has received an early offer of admission for the Naval Academy and has chosen to accept that appointment; Competing Alternates: Nicholas Arias, Frontier High School; Ahmed Baameur, East Bakersfield High School; Lee Begin, Garces Memorial High School; Kobie Budak, Frontier High School; Homin Key, Ridgeview High School; Derek Rodriguez, Liberty High School; Jacob Sibayan, Monache High School (Porterville); and Michael Stegeman, Frazier Mountain High School.

U.S. MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY

Competing Alternates: Kobie Budak, Frontier High School; Michael Stegeman, Frazier Mountain High School.

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