Congresswoman Norma Torres

Representing the 35th District of California
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Torres Announces Military Academy Nominations

January 28, 2016
Press Release
ONTARIO, CA – Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) announced the names of the four students nominated to the U.S. Service Academies.  The students were selected through a rigorous application and interview process, and their nominations will now go to the respective service academies for final approval.
“The opportunity to choose nominees for the service academies is a responsibility I did not take lightly,” said Torres.  “All of our candidates not only had strong academic records and extracurricular activities but also demonstrated an admirable commitment to their communities and to serving our country.  It was difficult to narrow it down to the final four nominees, but ultimately, I was impressed by each of their stories, their drive, and their sense of duty.  I am confident they will not only thrive at the academies but will go on to become the future leaders our nation deserves.”
The following are this year’s nominees, their city of residence, high school, and the academy to which they have been nominated:
Air Force Academy
Jennifer Xochil Iniguez, Ontario
Chaffey High School
Naval Academy
Hazel Janelle Martinez, Chino
Don Lugo High School
USMA (West Point)
Kimberlyann Ester Ridley, Pomona
Ganesha High School
Merchant Marines
Nicholas Weis, Fontana
Los Osos High School
Members of Congress may nominate candidates for appointment to four of the five U.S. service academies.  In addition to a free college education, the honor of attending a service academy comes with the obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.  
High school students and parents interested in learning more about the nomination process can visit for additional information.