Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) today announced the eight Ventura County students she nominated who have accepted appointments to attend one of the five U.S. Service Academies this fall.
“I am incredibly proud of these young people who have answered the call to serve our great nation,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “As someone who grew up in a military family, I know the dedication that is required to serve our country. These students are some of the best and brightest Ventura County has to offer, and I know they will represent us well.”
The students are as follows:
- Simon Vuillaume, U.S. Military Academy
- Russell Myers, U.S. Military Academy
- Maxwell Graves, U.S. Air Force Academy
- Kai Guzman, U.S. Air Force Academy
- Jeremiah Hoppe, U.S. Air Force Academy
- Quinn Matulis, U.S. Air Force Academy
- Steven Thompson, U.S. Air Force Academy
- Kaitlyn McKeown, U.S. Naval Academy
- Piper Spindle, U.S. Naval Academy
The rigorous nomination and appointment process began last fall with students submitting lengthy applications to Brownley’s office. The students were then interviewed by a panel of local alumni of the U.S service academies convened by Congresswoman Brownley. The panel then provided the Congresswoman recommendations for each student, and the Congresswoman nominated candidates to the service academies based on the panel’s recommendations. Each nominee then went through the academy application process and then a select group were offered appointments by the academies.
The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the U.S. military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.
For more information about the U.S. Service Academies application and Congressional nomination process, click here.