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Monday, Jan 27 2014 04:01 PM

Congressman nominates Wasco senior to service academies

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    Roberto Moita

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BY COURTENAY EDELHART Californian staff writer cedelhart@bakersfield.com

A Wasco High School senior is among four students U.S. Rep. David Valadao has nominated for appointment to United States Service Academies.

Valadao, R-Hanford, nominated Robert Moita, 17, of Wasco, to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. as well as the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Applicants may receive a nomination to more than one academy according to the ranked preferences on their application.

Moita said Monday his first choice is the Air Force Academy because he dreams of becoming a pilot.

"Ever since I was a little kid I have always liked airplanes and flying," he said.

After his military service, Moita said he would like to pursue a career as a commercial pilot.

Moita participates in cross country and School Site Council at Wasco, and also mentors younger students through the Link Crew program, which helps incoming freshman transition to high school by pairing them with upper classmen mentors.

Service academy nominees generally are notified whether they are accepted in the spring.

Most service academy cadets graduated in the top 25 percent of their high school class. The minimum SAT scores for the academies are 500 verbal and 500 math.

Members of Congress annually choose one principal nominee for each of the nation's four service academies, and also nominate competing alternates that academies may consider at their discretion.

U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy announced his nominees last month.

Valadao's other nominees were Matthew Milligan of Jesuit High School in Carmichael, for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.; Jason Aguilar of Lemoore High School in Lemoore, for the U.S. Naval Academy; and Christina Louie of Selma High School in Selma, for the U.S. Naval Academy.

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