Swalwell Announces 15th District's 2018 Nominees to U.S. Service Academies
CASTRO VALLEY – Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15) hosted a reception Saturday in Dublin to honor six students from the 15th Congressional District whom he has nominated to the United States Service Academies.
“This diverse group of young men and women represents the best of California’s 15th Congressional District: They are leaders in their schools and communities who are eager to apply their amazing talents and skills to the service of our nation,” Rep. Swalwell said after the reception. “Just as these students have earned reputations for their determination and success, the United States Service Academies have earned reputations for building character and academic excellence. I know Bianca, Amir, Rohit, Victor, Isabella and Matthew will give this challenge their all, and be great assets to our armed services.”
- Bianca Greer, 18, of Hayward – graduating from Castro Valley High School in Castro Valley – will attend the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. Bianca is president of the Black Student Union, captain of the varsity basketball team, and is academically ranked second in her graduating class. A three-sport varsity athlete, earning letters in basketball, volleyball, and track and field, she received the North Coast Section Scholar Athlete Award for three consecutive years. Bianca enjoys volunteering for the Alameda County Food Bank and the local Senior Citizens Care Facility, and is working with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office on an anti-bullying children’s book.
- Amir Udler, 18, of San Ramon – graduating from California High School in San Ramon – will attend the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. Amir served as captain of the Mock Trial Team and the Academic Decathlon Team, and is founder and president of the Jewish Student Club. This year, Amir’s Mock Trial Team won first place in the Contra Costa County competition, and he received awards for Best Prosecution Opening Statement and Best Direct Examination. Amir works as a lifeguard with the City of San Ramon, and volunteers with the Contra Costa County Library for their Summer Reading Program, Teen Advisory Group, and Youth Literary Services.
- Rohit Menon, 17, of Pleasanton – graduating from Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton – will attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Rohit is an exceptional track and field athlete, earning a varsity letter in all four years of high school. He received an All-American Bronze Medal in the 4 x 100 at the 2016 U.S.A. Track and Field Junior Olympics, and he was a North Coast Section Track and Field Finalist in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Rohit also was named a National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist, and has competed at the national and state level in his mock trial and speech and debate teams. Rohit’s hobbies include playing the piano and digital music production.
- Victor Wang, 19, of San Ramon but formerly of New Jersey, will attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Victor played varsity lacrosse and basketball at the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, N.J., and he served as captain for his basketball team. One of Victor’s great passions is robotics, which he has pursued with his work in the FIRST Robotics Competition Club, the TSA TEAMS, and the Battlebots Club. His robotics projects have earned him two state-level second-place titles and one third-place title. Victor hopes to take the skills he has cultivated through his robotics clubs and apply them to designing naval battleships.
- Isabella Adamos, 17, of Dublin – graduating from Dublin High School in Dublin – will attend the United States Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colo. Isabella has earned a varsity letter for soccer in all four years of high school; she also has earned a first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Isabella has volunteered for more than 75 community service hours with the Catholic Community of Pleasanton. Through this organization, she served as Vacation Bible School Leader, Mass Greeter and Usher, and assisted with the Eucharistic preparation courses and church decoration. Isabella comes from a family of servicemen and women, and she looks forward to carrying on her family’s tradition.
- Matthew Kim, 18, of Pleasanton – a graduate of Foothill High School in Pleasanton – will attend the United States Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colo. Matthew served as captain of the varsity swim and water polo teams. He also participated in the marching band, playing the clarinet, piano, and tuba, earning first chair. Before graduating, Matthew also founded his own company, Shard Designs; he crowdsourced more than $25,000 to design and manufacture a portable sketching tool, and he has sold 1,500 of these tools so far. Matthew looks forward to joining his sister at the Air Force Academy and diving into the rigorous curriculum.
“Many thanks to the panel of esteemed 15th District veterans and distinguished community members who reviewed the applications and made these selections,” Swalwell said.
The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. Nominations are based on a "whole person" evaluation: Factors such as academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, leadership skills, physical aptitude, character and motivation are taken into consideration and compared with other applicants.