11:16 AM PST, December 13, 2012
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) on Thursday announced 10 nominations from his district for U.S. service academies, class of 2017.
Half the student nominees hail from Burbank and Glendale, while two others are from Pasadena.
Four of the five United States service academies -- 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.
The academies offer a free college education while preparing students for an officer's commission in the Armed Forces.
In a statement Thursday, Schiff said each of the nominees had an “outstanding record of accomplishments,” including excellence in academics and participation in sports and extracurricular activities.
“They are also deeply committed to serving our country in the Armed Forces,” Schiff said. “I’m extremely proud to nominate these young men and women, and I’m confident that they will be among the future leaders of our country.”
The nominees are:
James Richard Martinez-Baenen: The Burbank High School student was nominated to the Air Force, Military and Naval academies.
Marian Nathan Grau: The Glendale resident, who is attending New York University, was nominated to the Military and Naval academies.
Grigori Grigoryan: The Clark Magnet High School student was nominated to the Naval Academy.
Bradley William Haslam: The San Marino High School student and San Gabriel resident was nominated to the Air Force Academy.
Johnnie Isaac Jimenez: The San Marino High School student from Pasadena was nominated to the Merchant Marine Academy.
Joshua Jonathan Jimenez: The Pasadena City College student was nominated to the Merchant Marine Academy.
John Wendell Kazanjian: The Purdue student from Glendale was nominated to the Naval Academy.
Angelique Joeann Margve: The John Burroughs High School student was nominated to the Military and Naval academies.
Alejandra Quintero: The Temple City resident who is attending the U.S. Military Academy Prep School was nominated to the Military Academy.
Justin Gabriel Ulley: The Temple City High School student was nominated to the Military Academy.
--Jason Wells, Times Community News