Darrell Issa | Serving California's 49th District

Recognizing Military Academy Nominees

June 28, 2013

Every year my office receives hundreds of applications from some of the brightest and best students in California’s 49thDistrict wishing to attend our nation’s service academies.  As a Member of Congress, it is my honor to nominate the most qualified candidates for admission to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.  The application process is extremely competitive – selecting candidates based on scholastic and academic performance, extracurricular and community involvement and leadership qualities.

Last week, seven students from the 49thDistrict were recognized for their military service nominations at the 10thAnnual Academy Breakfast held at Camp Pendleton.  Students and their families were recognized for their accomplishments, spoke with Pendleton Marines, including the base Commanding General, and discussed their experiences undergoing the application process and their expectations as a service academy student this fall.

The following students from the 49thDistrict have been accepted into the following academies:

•Skye Hubbard from Wildomar, U.S. Military Academy at West Point
•Karena Gonzalez from Temecula, U.S. Military Academy at West Point
•Madison Daugherty from Valley Central, U.S. Military Academy at West Point
•Lukas Kramer from Oceanside, U.S. Naval Academy
•Shay Martin from Oceanside, U.S. Naval Academy
•James Radosevich from Temecula, U.S. Air Force Academy
•JonFranco Shattuck from Bonsall, U.S. Air Force Academy

These students have already proven themselves exceptional by virtue of their acceptance to some of our nation’s most selective and rigorous academic institutions, and after meeting them, I am confident of their future success.   It’s a pleasure to meet such young men and women, and I encourage parents and students to contact my office or visit my website if they are interested in learning more about applying for nomination to a United States military academy.