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Rep. Napolitano Hosts Annual Military Academy Day

November 13, 2013
Press Release

(West Covina, CA) On Saturday, November 9, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano hosted a successful military academy information session at West Covina Senior Citizen Center to give students, parents, and educators a chance to learn more about educational opportunities in our nation’s military academies.

“We thank the city of West Covina for allowing us to use the facility for this year’s Academy Day,” Napolitano said. “It is a wonderful and excellent opportunity. We encourage each of you to challenge yourselves physically, academically, mentally, and morally, and start at an early age in school to build your resumes. We wish the very best of luck to all of you in pursuing your careers. Please contact my office with any questions you may have.”

Approximately 75 students spoke with representatives from West Point and the Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, and Merchant Marine service academies as well as the National Guard. Col. Mark Toy, Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, offered some advice to participants on Saturday.

“You must have focus and direction,” said Col. Toy. “Find the right mentor that will help you and develop those relationships. Congresswoman Napolitano is definitely one that does things for people, so these young people are starting out on the right foot. The biggest benefit of attending one of the academies is you are going to come out a leader. 30 people will be looking up to you on Day 1 asking for direction. They produce leaders who will go far beyond their years in service to become leaders for the nation.”

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 Thursday, November 28, including:

• A completed Academy Nomination Application form (visit

• One or two letters of recommendation

• A personal statement indicating why you should be considered

• High school and/or college transcripts

• Copy of SAT score

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