Two recent San Ramon graduates were among six students nominated this year by Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) to attend U.S. service academies.
Amir Udler will be attending the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., while Victor Wang is headed to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
They were joined by four other nominees from California's 15th Congressional district, which Swalwell represents.
"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 a reception held in their honor Saturday in Dublin.
Students who attend a service academy are required to serve in the military for at least five years after graduating. Swalwell's nominations for the academies, according to the congressman's office, were based holistically on students' academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, leadership skills, physical aptitude, character and motivation.
Swalwell's selection panel consisted of veterans and distinguished community members from the 15th district, whom he thanked at the Saturday event.
From San Ramon, Udler, 18, graduated from California High School and is founder and president of the school's Jewish Student Club. He also served as captain of the academic decathlon and mock trial teams; at the Contra Costa County mock trial competition, he received awards for Best Prosecution Opening Statement and Best Direct Examination, and his team won first place.
Udler 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.
Wang, 19, is the city's other nominee, though he is formerly of New Jersey. He played varsity lacrosse and basketball at the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, N.J., and was captain for his basketball team.
Off the court and field, he pursued robotics through participating in the FIRST Robotics Competition Club, the TSA TEAMS and the Battlebots Club. Wang earned two state-level second-place titles and one third-place title for his robotics work, and he hopes to use the technical skills he learned in these clubs toward designing naval battleships.
Other local winners included Rohit Menon and Matthew Kim from Pleasanton, Isabella Adamos from Dublin and Bianca Greer from Hayward.
"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," Swalwell said. "I know Bianca, Amir, Rohit, Victor, Isabella and Matthew will give this challenge their all, and be great assets to our armed services."