Three Tracy students nominated for military academies
by Michael Langley
Dec 20, 2013 | 2258 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, has nominated three Tracy teenagers for admission to United States military academies.

Marco Neves hopes to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy; Keegan Rivera, the U.S. Naval Academy or Air Force Academy; and Joshua Tam, the Air Force Academy or U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Applicants for military academies must have a nomination from the vice president or from their representative or senator.

“What I really like about the academies is that they emphasize work and discipline, rather than just the normal college experience,” Tam said.

Tam, who was homeschooled, learned about West Point five years ago and made it his goal to get in. In 2011, he visited Colorado Springs, Colo., for a national debate tournament, and after visiting the Air Force Academy, decided he wanted to apply there, too.

“I feel very blessed to have the support of the congressman,” Tam said.

Neves said his father’s time as a reservist as a young man inspired him.

“He told me about that experience. What he meant to him. How it shaped him into a mature person from an early age,” Neves said. “Wanting to serve my country is an important reason I want to be a part of that.”

A student at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, he was recruited by the Air Force after coaches saw him play soccer earlier this year.

Neves wants to be a doctor and believes education at the academy will help him achieve that.

Denham, an Air Force combat veteran, nominated 19 students from the 10th Congressional District for in U.S. military academies.

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