U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, announced his 35 nominees to the U.S. service academies, which includes Tehachapi High School senior Jonathan Supple who was nominated as a competing alternate for admission to the United States Air Force Academy.
"I am honored to have been nominated by Congressman McCarthy to compete for an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy," Supple said in a statement. "I would like to thank my teachers and especially my Scoutmaster, Mr. Newman from Troop 135 for all the help they have provided me. I look forward to hopefully serving as an officer in the United States Air Force."
Supple will now begin the tedious process of going through the academy's competitive application process that is much like that of applying for admission to a university, but includes a medical exam. If successful he will be ranked according to competitiveness with principal nominees by the Academy Admission Board, and selected for admission at the academy's discretion.
Each academy offers a free college education while preparing students for an officer's commission in the Armed Forces.
Last year, eight students who received nominations from Congressman McCarthy were offered appointments to one of the five United States service academies, four of which --Air Force, Merchant Marine, Military at West Point, and Navy -- require a Congressional nomination in order to receive an appointment. The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, does not.
In addition to academics, fitness and extracurricular activities, professional recommendations and a personal interview by Congressman McCarthy's Academy Interview Committee were all part of the nomination process.
In a statement, McCarthy said that the communities he serves are fortunate to have some of the brightest young people across the country.
"It always impresses me and makes me proud that so many of our students choose to dedicate their lives to serving our great nation," Congressman McCarthy said. " All of these nominees possess honor, courage and integrity and I am proud to nominate each and every one."