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Oakdale, Riverbank Students Earn Academy Nominations
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U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) has announced the 2015 service academy nominees from California’s 10th district. Rep. Denham nominated 16 students from cities across the district to four of the nation’s prestigious military academies. Among them are Oakdale and Riverbank nominees.

“I am proud to nominate these individuals to represent the Valley as they pursue their desire to serve our county,” said Rep. Denham. “These young men and women have exemplified a commendable willingness to learn and they deserve recognition for the contributions they have made to their communities. I look forward to seeing their future accomplishments.”

Students were nominated to the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. and the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.

Oakdale nominees were Adam Olsen, U.S. Military Academy; and Sydney Schwartz, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy.

Riverbank student Eli Vernon was nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Other communities represented were Modesto, Manteca, Ripon and Tracy.

Students seeking attendance at one of the military academies must be nominated by a U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator or the Vice President. Nominees are selected through a rigorous application and interview process and are chosen based on factors including academic achievement, leadership ability, physical aptitude, participation in extra-curricular activities and demonstration of character. Students may seek acceptance to more than one academy. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy does not require a nomination to attend.

Academy students commit to serving in the military for a minimum of five years active duty upon graduation. If their nominations are accepted, students will receive notice from the individual service academies in April 2016.