Joe Baca, D-Rialto, has congratulated Rico Mendiola, of Rialto, who has been accepted to the United States Air Force Academy.
In order to be considered for admission to the military service academies, candidates must receive a congressional nomination. Baca nominated him based on his exemplary academic performance and commitment to serving the U.S. military.
With Ricoâs acceptance to the Air Force Academy, there are now a total of four students from the 43rd Congressional District who have been accepted to the military service academies this year.
âI want to congratulate Rico for earning acceptance to the Air Force Academy,â Baca said. âIt is truly a prestigious honor. I am confident that he will continue to make Rialto proud as he advances in his educational and military career. I wish Rico and all the other nominees much success in achieving their goals. They are outstanding role models for our youth.â
He was born in Guam, and is attending the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School, where he has a 3.9 GPA and is ranked 18th in a class of 223 students.
âI want to attend the United States Air Force Academy because I love my country, the United States of America,â he said. âThis is a way to learn from a great institution to one day, give back to our great country. In my eyes, attending the Air Force Academy is much more than just a degree. It is the opportunity to reach great heights, achieve the impossible, and most importantly, to share my success with others, even those less fortunate.â
Baca nominated two other students who were accepted to the Air Force Academy earlier this year. Nicole Espinoza, who attends Colony High School in Ontario, and Judith Nainggolan, a student at Etiwanda High School in Fontana, will enter the Air Force Academy in June 2012. In addition, Brianna Johnson, who attends Etiwanda High School, was notified that she received early admission to the West Point Military Academy.
With acceptance to the military academies comes a full-ride scholarship including a four-year education, room, board and a stipend valued at more than $400,000. At the completion of their four years at the academy, graduates receive a commission into the U.S. military as an officer.