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Tuesday, Dec 18 2012 04:10 PM

McCarthy nominates service academy candidates

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, Tuesday announced his nominations to the United States Service Academies.

Nominees were selected in a competitive process for high school and college students in the 22nd Congressional District, according to a news release from the congressman's office.

McCarthy designated one principal nominee for each academy who will fill one of the slots afforded to him as a member of Congress at each academy. He also nominated competing alternates for each academy. The Academy Admission Board will consider those candidates at its discretion.

Last year, eight students who received nominations from McCarthy were offered appointments to one of the U.S. Service Academies.

"We are fortunate in our local communities to have some of the brightest young people across the country," McCarthy said in a statement Tuesday. "It always impresses me and makes me proud that so many of our students choose to dedicate their lives to serving our great nation. All of these nominees possess honor, courage and integrity and I am proud to nominate each and every one."

United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.

The principal nomination went to:

* Jibraun Asaad, 17, of Lancaster , attends Quartz Hill High School. He plays baseball and is quarterback and team captain for the football team. Asaad also is a member of the Associated Student Body, currently serving as sports commissioner. Asaad is considering majoring in mechanical or aeronautical engineering while at the academy. In addition to receiving the principal nomination to the Air Force Academy, he also received a competing alternate nomination to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Competing alternate nominations went to:

* Madison Boynton, Frontier High School, Bakersfield.

* Natrelle Demison, U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School, Colorado Springs, Colo.

* Matthew Greene, Quartz Hill High School, Lancaster.

* Jennifer Hulfachor, Templeton High School, Templeton, (also received alternate nomination to USNA, USMA and USMMA).

* Austin Medeiros, Liberty High School, Bakersfield.

* Jonathan Supple, Tehachapi High School, Tehachapi.

* Daniel Villarreal, Burroughs High School, Ridgecrest.

* Cady Whicker, Lancaster High School, Lancaster, (also received alternate nomination to USMMA).

United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y.

The principal nomination went to:

Bryan Bumgarner, 17, of Bakersfield , attends Highland High School. He is a four-year member of the Scotsman Swim Team and president of Interact. Bumgarner hasn't selected a major, but has a strong interest in mathematics, science and technology.

Competing alternate nominations went to:

* Taylor Burnell, Paso Robles High School, Paso Robles.

* Andrew Fierro, Bakersfield High School, Bakersfield.

* Cameron Green, New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell.

* Jennifer Hulfachor, Templeton High School, Templeton.

* Will Mauk, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Atascadero.

* Ronald Welch, Desert High School, Edwards AFB.

* Cady Whicker, Lancaster High School, Lancaster.

* Prisilla Ybarra, Cal State Bakersfield.

United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y .

The principal nomination went to:

Clark Cali, 18, of San Luis Obispo , attends Mission College Preparatory Catholic High School. He plays football and participates in track and field. He has a 4.4 grade point average and has been a member of the California Scholarship Federation for four years. Cali served as a page to the U.S. House of Representatives during summer 2011. His goal is to be a career officer in the U.S. Army.

Competing alternate nominations went to:

* Matthew Carder, Mojave High School, Mojave, (also received alternate nomination to USNA)

* Aidan Farrell, Paso Robles High School, Paso Robles, (also received principal nomination to USNA).

* Jennifer Hulfachor, Templeton High School, Templeton.

* David Newton, Stockdale High School, Bakersfield.

* Nathan Scharpenberg, Stockdale High School, Bakersfield, (also received alternate nomination to USNA).

* Patience Wilcox, Templeton High School, Templeton.

United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.

The principal nomination went to:

Aidan Farrell, 18, of Paso Robles , attends Paso Robles High School. Aidan plays the saxophone in the Bearcat Marching Band. He is a member of the cross country and track teams. Aidan attained the rank of Eagle after only two years of participation in the Boy Scouts. He plans to study oceanography while at the academy and would like to be a pilot. In addition to receiving the principal nomination to the Naval Academy, he also received a competing alternate nomination to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Competing alternate nominations went to:

* Diego Alcantar, Templeton High School, Templeton.

* Jibraun Assad, Quartz Hill High School, Lancaster, (also received principal nomination to USAFA).

* Britanie Bowers, Desert High School, Edwards Air Force Base.

* Taylor Burnell, Paso Robles High School, Paso Robles, (also received alternate nomination to USMMA).

* Matthew Carder, Mojave High School, Mojave.

* Ezra Howells, Howells Family Home School, Tehachapi.

* Jennifer Hulfachor, Templeton High School, Templeton.

* Nathan Scharpenberg, Stockdale High School, Bakersfield.

* Prisilla Ybarra, California State University Bakersfield, Bakersfield, (also received alternate nomination to USMMA).

McCarthy's Academy Interview Committee interviewed each candidate, and the selections were submitted to the congressman. Committee members included educators, academy alumni and business leaders.

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