Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced that eight students from California’s 28th District, one of whom is from West Hollywood, have been offered appointments to the U.S. Service Academies Class of 2023.
“The students appointed to our Service Academies each year exhibit excellence not only in their academic and extracurricular pursuits, but also in their commitment to serving our country,” Schiff said. “These students will receive a rigorous academic and physically demanding education and many will become the leading defenders of our democracy. I have no doubt that this impressive group of students will make our community – and our country – proud.”
James Rice, a West Hollywood resident who recently graduated from Reddam House High School in New Bondi, Australia, has been appointed to the West Point Military Academy along with Sophia McKenzie, a La Cañada Flintridge resident who currently attends La Cañada High School.
Rice has excelled at Reddam House, being listed last December as one of 15 “Top All-Rounders” who has ranked highly in over 10 study areas. Among his student achievements were placing third (bronze medal) in the Surf Lifesaving Championships for lifesavers under 19.
The other students receiving appointments this year are as follows:
Air Force Academy
Kai Maxwell Gill, a La Cañada Flintridge resident, currently attends La Cañada High School.
Sharon Sim, a La Crescenta resident, currently attends Crescenta Valley High School.
Christian Chung, a La Cañada Flintridge resident, currently attends La Cañada High School.
Jonas Park Greer, a Hollywood Hills resident, currently attends Loyola High School.
Ami Kim, a La Crescenta resident, currently attends New Covenant High School.
James William Lee, a La Cañada Flintridge resident, currently attends Loyola High School.
Every year, Schiff nominates qualified and accomplished local students for admission to the U.S. Service Academies. The four academies requiring a Congressional nomination are the Air Force Academy, the Naval Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy, and the Military Academy at West Point. The fifth is the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, which does not require a Congressional nomination.
Students who attend one of the five academies receive a free college education at a highly ranked, nationally recognized academic institution while preparing for an officer’s commission in the Armed Forces.