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Congressman Brad Sherman

Representing the 30th District of CALIFORNIA

Sherman Nominates Valley Students to Service Academies


Feb 15, 2006
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Brad Sherman announced Wednesday that he has nominated outstanding Valley students for admission to the nations elite military service academies. 

œI am proud of these young men and women, and grateful for their willingness to serve our country at this critical time, Sherman said.  Shermans nominees to the military service academies are: 

  • Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo. Michael Ahn, Granada Hills; Earl Lo, Northridge; Bryant Mata, Northridge; Michael Schwartz, Northridge, and Brandon Scott, Chatsworth.

  • Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. Michael Ahn, Granada Hills; Bryant Mata, Northridge; Michael Maxwell, Burbank; Nadir Montano, Reseda; Michael Schwartz, Northridge, and Brandon Scott, Chatsworth

  • U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Michael Ahn, Granada Hills;  Michael Kim, Northridge; Bryant Mata, Northridge; Michael Schwartz, Northridge, and Shant Shahnazarian, Northridge. 

  • Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y. Earl Lo, Northridge, and Bryant Mata, Northridge. 

The service academies decide which of the congressmans nominees to admit. Each academy generally is required to admit at least one of Shermans nominees, and due to the high quality of applicants from the Valley each academy usually admits two or three.  Some applicants receive nominations to attend two or three different academies.  If nominees are accepted by more than one academy, they decide which one to attend.

An education received from one of the military academies is ranked among the best in the country. In addition to a rigorous academic curriculum, an academy education offers cadets extensive hands-on training and an opportunity to participate in varsity and intramural sports, music groups, and clubs. Cadets also must live under a strict, regimented personal and ethical code to develop the discipline necessary to become leaders in today's military.