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Congressman Eric Swalwell

Representing the 15th District of California


Swalwell Announces Nominees to U.S. Service Academies

May 23, 2016
Press Release

PLEASANTON, CA – Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15) held a reception Saturday honoring five students from the 15th Congressional District whom he has nominated to the United States Service Academies.

“Our nation’s military service academies have a worldwide reputation for excellence in scholarship, character-building and physical achievement, and I know these five fine young people will tackle this challenge,” Swalwell said, after the reception for the nominees and their families at Pleasanton’s Veterans Memorial Building. “They are committing themselves to serving and protecting our nation, and I wish them the greatest success as they embark upon this adventure.”

Anna L. Borchers, 18, of Pleasanton, graduating from the Athenian School in Danville, will attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. A varsity swim team captain and soccer player, she also has been a student ambassador leader and a teacher’s assistant in physics while taking several Advanced Placement classes. She also has served as a youth coach with the Pleasanton RAGE competitive and recreational soccer club; was active for 12 years with the Girl Scouts; and in 2014 traveled to South Africa to work with other students to build a classroom and teach English and math. This latter experience cemented her desire to live a life of service, she said.

Justina J. Kim, 18, of Pleasanton, graduating from the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) at Newport, R.I., will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colo. Previously a student at Foothill High School, she has been praised by teachers not only as a hard worker but as a leader among her peers. She was a captain of her water polo team, maintained a heavy schedule of Advanced Placement courses, and volunteered with Milal Mission – a Saturday school program for children with special needs. She said her attendance at NAPS has taught her the value of teamwork and trust, which she will carry into her military career.

Kajol P. Maheshwari, 17, of Livermore, graduating from Livermore High School, will attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. She is a distance runner who served as captain of her school’s cross-country team; was active in her school’s Red Cross Club, Me-to-We Club, International Student Exchange Club, Interact Club and National Honor Society chapter; maintained a heavy schedule of Advanced Placement courses; tutored younger students in math; and served the homeless at the Open Heart Kitchen. She said she was inspired to attend the U.S. Military Academy by the sense of purpose and honor demonstrated by students there during her visit last summer.

Denisse A. Ramirez, 17, of Union City, graduating from James Logan High School, will attend the Naval Academy Preparatory School at Newport, R.I. An accomplished soccer player for her school, with the Santa Clara Sporting Club, and on the U.S. Soccer Region IV team, she has demonstrated tenacity and leadership both on the pitch – even when injured – and in the classroom. A member of her church’s youth group, she will be the first in her family to attend college, and says she’s eager to give back to the country that provided her family the opportunity for a new, better life.

Dane Q. Sur, 18, of San Ramon, graduating from Quarry Lane School in Dublin, will attend the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. The grandson of a U.S. Navy senior chief petty officer, he was president of his freshman, sophomore and junior classes; a math tutor; a student ambassador; and captain of his varsity soccer and flag football teams. He is a fourth-degree black belt and instructor in Taekwondo – the youngest master in Mach Martial Arts’ history. He has volunteered for institutions such as the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in Livermore, Kids Against Hunger, and the Bright Futures Orphanage in Uganda. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy’s Summer Seminar in 2015, and said he sees no greater, more honorable purpose than to serve as a naval officer.