Local students among military academy alternate nominations

Local students among military academy alternate nominationsLocal students among military academy alternate nominations

Two local students were among Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s recently announced nominations to the United States service academies. Nominees were selected in a competitive process in which a number of highly qualified 23rd Congressional District high school students applied for consideration.

Garrett Silong, 17, of Ridgecrest is receiving a principal nomination to the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He also received a competing alternate nomination to the Naval Academy. He attends Burroughs High School, where he is varsity swim captain and secretary of the Burroughs High Chapter of the California Scholarship Federation.  His expected major is biology.

Nicholas Higdon, St. Francis School (home school), of Ridgecrest received competing alternate nomination to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

McCarthy designated one principal nominee for each academy to fill the five military-academy slots he is afforded as a member of Congress. He also nominated a slate of competing alternate nominations for each academy that will be ranked according to their competitiveness by the Academy Admission Board and selected for admission at the academy’s discretion.

Some applicants received nominations to more than one academy according to the rank preference listed on their application. The academies traditionally notify the alternates by April whether or not they will be offered appointments.

“I am proud to nominate students from my district who display the core values of honor and courage in their commitment to serve our country,” said McCarthy. “I congratulate each of them in their pursuit of becoming future leaders in our armed services.”

Story First Published: 2014-01-15