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Napolitano Holds Annual Military Academy Day

October 31, 2018
Press Release

(WEST COVINA, CA) On Saturday, October 27, 2018, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) held an annual military academy information session at West Covina Senior Citizen Center where students, parents, and educators learned more about educational opportunities at our nation’s military service academies.

“We are here to assist you in pursuing your dream with a nomination to the academy of your choice, and I am proud to present this opportunity to all students in my district,” Napolitano said. “We thank the representatives from the academies for their time and willingness to speak with our future leaders. Thank you also to the City of West Covina for allowing us to use their Senior Citizen facility to hold this important session year after year.”

Approximately 80 attendees spoke with and heard presentations by representatives from West Point and the Naval, Coast Guard, Air Force, and Merchant Marine service academies as well as the National Guard. The representatives outlined the nomination requirements and process, and they offered encouragement to the students.

“Find a mentor, and learn everything you can,” said special guest, Maj. Gen. Mark Toy, Commanding General, Great Lakes & Ohio River Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“We are here because we want you,” said William Preston of the U.S. Air Force Academy.

“The opportunities at the academies are endless,” said Philip Seifert of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Our nation’s military service academies are consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as some of the most selective and competitive colleges in the world. Applicants to U.S. military academies need to be nominated by their local Representative. Interested students should submit their information to Rep. Napolitano’s district office in El Monte by Friday, November 9, 2018, including:

•  A completed Academy Nomination Application form (visit

•  Three letters of recommendation

•  A personal statement indicating why you should be considered

•  High school and/or college transcripts

•  Copy of SAT or ACT score

For more information, call Napolitano’s district office at (626) 350-0150.


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