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June 11, 2021

Aguilar Holds Virtual Send-off for Inland Empire Service Academy

Rep. Pete Aguilar held a virtual send-off meeting on June 9 with Inland Empire students successfully nominated by his office to attend US Service Academies. In order to attend a service academy, students need to be nominated by their members of Congress. Students in CA-31 were nominated after a rigorous interview and application process that included interviews with local veterans and former academy attendees.

Eight nominees from the 31st District were admitted to service academies and will begin their educations this summer. As a condition of attendance, each student has committed to serving as an active duty member of their respective military branch upon completion of their education. Below is a list of each student and the academy they’ll be attending:

  • Cassandra Davis of Cajon High School in San Bernardino will attend the US Air Force Academy
  • Isaac Folorunso of Rancho Cucamonga High School will attend the US Military Academy at West Point
  • Matt Marinkovich of Redlands East Valley High School will attend the US Naval Academy
  • Christina Marquez of Redlands High School will attend the US Air Force Academy
  • Ethan Nguyen of Damien High School in Upland will attend the US Naval Academy
  • Noah Sorenson of Redlands East Valley High School will attend the US Merchant Marine Academy
  • Gillian Valdez of Grand Terrace High School the US Naval Academy
  • Isaiah Velez of Rancho Cucamonga High School will attend the US Military Academy at West Point