LaMalfa announces nominees to the United States Service Academies

Congressman Doug LaMalfa announced he has nominated 14 North State residents as candidates to the United States Service Academies. The U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marines Academy each require a Congressional nomination in order to attend.  The admissions process is highly competitive.

“I am pleased to nominate these remarkable young men and women from the North State,” LaMalfa said. “I’d also like to thank our review committee for their caring and unbiased interviews of the prospective candidates. Attending one of our nation’s five U.S. Service Academies is a rare opportunity to earn an excellent education while being prepared to be great leaders in serving our country. It takes students of the highest caliber to receive a nomination, and I wish them all the best in these unique opportunities.”

LaMalfa’s nominees were recommended by a committee of North State community leaders and veterans from various branches of the military. The committee recommended a slate of nominees after interviewing and carefully considering the academic and leadership backgrounds of each student who applied for the nomination. Having been nominated, the students must now compete with other nominees for an appointment to the academies. Academy officials will begin announcing appointments in January.

LaMalfa’s nominees for the service academies are:

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Robin Bae, of Redding — U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Merchant Marines Academy, U.S. Naval Academy.

Fletcher Bottke, of Red Bluff — U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy.

Antonino Conte, of Penn Valley — U.S. Naval Academy

Reagan Dahle, of Bieber — U.S. Military Academy.

Moonglow Summer De Clarina, of Berry Creek — U.S. Air Force Academy.

Kiana Emerson, of Cottonwood  — U.S. Military Academy.

Kale Hiller, of Red Bluff — U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy

Kaitlyn Johnston, of Cottonwood — U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marines Academy, U.S. Naval Academy.

Lawrence Mini, of Palo Cedro — U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy.

Cole Retzler, of Nevada City — U.S. Air Force Academy.

Greyson Reynolds, of Oroville — U.S. Naval Academy.

Elsa Scherzinger, of Grass Valley — U.S. Naval Academy.

Sophie Smith, of Colfax — U.S. Military Academy.

Hunter Thomas, of Chico — U.S. Air Force Academy.

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Any student with a strong desire to serve our nation as an officer in the United States Armed Forces is invited to contact LaMalfa in the spring of their junior year.

Visit his website at lamalfa.house.gov for his nomination application and instructions.

You may also call his Chico District office and speak with his U.S. Service Academy Advisor at (530) 343-1000.