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Board, Congressman’s Staff Honor Service Academy Students

May 06, 2015

The Placer County Board of Supervisors joined Rep. Tom McClintock’s staff Tuesday in recognizing six local students with appointments to U.S. Military Service Academies.

Rocky Deal, the congressman district director, addressed the board during its regularly scheduled meeting in Auburn, noting that hundreds of students from the 4th Congressional District apply for appointments to the Service Academies.

Part of Placer County is in the 4th District – which generally runs parallel to Interstate 80 along its northern boundary and reaches as far southward as the Fresno area.

The application process is very competitive because Service Academy appointments are highly coveted. Appointments go the best of the best – students with the best grades, test scores, community service, and leadership skills and a strong desire to serve the United States.

Area students who received appointments to the U.S. Air Force Academy are:

  • Eric Leverenz of Rocklin, Whitney High School;
  • Gabrielle Miller of Granite Bay, Granite Bay High School; and
  • Garrett Kauppila of Rocklin, Rocklin High School.

Two students received appointments to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point:

  • Luc Barbe of Loomis, Jesuit High School; and
  • Alexander Cooney of Roseville, Sierra College.

Daniel Konieczny of Roseville and Jesuit High School was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Academy.

Barbe, Cooney and Miller were able to attend Tuesday’s ceremony.

“Thank you very much for your service and best of luck to you,” Board Chairman Kirk Uhler told them.

For the past six years, interviews have been held in the Board of Supervisors Chambers at the County Administrative Center in Auburn. The selection process includes interviews with a team of high-ranking military advisors, former military officers and academy representatives.

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