01.31.08

Schiff Announces Nominations to U.S. Service Academies

Official Seal of the US House of Representatives

Thursday, January 31, 2008 Contact: Sean Oblack (202) 225-4176

Schiff Announces Nominations to U.S. Service Academies

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Adam Schiff announced that he has nominated eight students from the 29th Congressional District for appointments to U.S. service academies for the class of 2012.  Four of the five United States service academies require a Congressional nomination in order to receive an appointment. Below is a list of the students Rep. Schiff has nominated.

  • David Choi, Burbank resident, student at Campbell Hall, received nominations to the Air Force, Military and Merchant Marine Academies.
  •  Michael Finch, Glendale resident, student at St. Francis High School (La Cañada Flintridge), received nominations to the Military, Air Force and Merchant Marine Academies.
  • Ruben Hovanesian, Glendale resident, student at Drexel University, received a nomination to the Merchant Marine Academy.
  • Christian Kooshian, Altadena resident, student at John Muir High School (Pasadena), received a nomination to the Military Academy.
  • Arthur Lin, Alhambra resident, student at Alhambra High School, received a nomination to the Military Academy.
  • Dennis Lowe, Pasadena resident, student at Flintridge Preparatory School, received nominations to the Military, Naval, Air Force and Merchant Marine Academies.
  • David Raba, Glendale resident, student at St. Francis High School (La Cañada Flintridge), received nominations to the Military, Naval and Merchant Marine Academies.
  • Steven Stringfellow, Pasadena resident, student at Polytechnic School, received a nomination to the Merchant Marine Academy.

“Each one of these students has compiled an outstanding resume of accomplishments and demonstrated excellence in academics,” said Schiff.  “They are also deeply committed to serving our country. I am extremely proud to have nominated these young men, and I am confident they will be among the future leaders of our country.” 

The four academies requiring a Congressional nomination are the Air Force Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy, the Military Academy at West Point, and the Naval Academy.  The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, does not require a Congressional nomination. All five academies offer young men and women a free college education at a highly-ranked, nationally-recognized academic institution, while preparing them for an officer's commission in the armed forces.

Students interested in applying to a Service Academy in 2009, should call Congressman Schiff’s District Office at 626-304-2727 or visit www.house.gov/Schiff to obtain an application form.  The application deadline is November 14, 2008.

Congressman Schiff has introduced a "Kids First" agenda of initiatives to improve education, safety, and health care for our children. He is the co-founder of the Democratic Study Group on National Security and a member of the House Appropriations Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Judiciary Committee.  He represents California’s 29th Congressional District, which includes the communities of Alhambra, Altadena, Burbank, East Pasadena, East San Gabriel, Glendale, Monterey Park, Pasadena, San Gabriel, South Pasadena and Temple City.