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Denham nominates local students for military academies
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Pitman High School student Alex Rodin received Congressman Jeff Denhams nomination for the U.S. Air Force Academy. - photo by Photo Contributed

Two Turlock students were among the 19 local students from California's 10th Congressional District nominated by Congressman Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) for the 2013 Military Service Academy.

The nominees – who are seeking admission to the United States Military Academy in West Point, the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point – must be nominated by a U.S. representative, senator or the Vice President.

Turlock High School student Jonas Trevethan received nomination from Congressman Denham as he seeks to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy or the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy, while Pitman High School student Alex Rodin received Denham’s nomination for the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Other nominees came from cities across the district, including Modesto, Newman, Waterford, Tracy, Manteca and Ripon.

“These exceptional young people exhibit great character and dedication to serving our country,” said Denham. “It is an honor to have the privilege of nominating them to our esteemed military academies. Their desire to join our military forces is inspiring, and I commend each of them for their hard work to reach this point in the process.”

Nominees for the four military academies were selected through a rigorous application and interview process and are chosen based on factors such as academic achievement, leadership ability, physical aptitude, participation in extra-curricular activities and demonstration of character.

Upon graduation, academy students commit to serving in the military for a minimum of five years active duty. If accepted to attend, students will receive notice from the individual service academies in April 2014.