Costa Announces Service Academy Nominations

Feb 2, 2021
Press Release


(FRESNO) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-19) announced the nomination of six high school seniors from Fresno, Madera and Merced counties for admission to one of the United States’ service academies following a rigorous assessment of their academic, leadership, and community involvement standards:

“From excellence in the classroom to showing leadership in the community, these students represent the best of the Valley,” said Costa. “Their choice to pursue a career in the United States military is a testament to their dedication to our nation and commitment to excellence.  I am proud to nominate them, and I wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.” 

Rep. Costa is proud to announce the following nominations:

Justin Bowe – U.S. Military Academy (West Point):


Justin, a senior at Minarets Charter High School in Madera County, holds a 4.16 GPA and is ranked 4th in his class.  He is a four-year member of the football and baseball teams and is a current member of the basketball team. Justin is also a member of 4-H and Future Farmers of America.  He is active in his church and volunteers with Relay for Life, the local food bank, and the Fresno Poverello House. His parents are Julie Adams and Sean Bowe.


Joshua Camarillo – U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S Military Academy (West Point):



A senior at Edison High School in Fresno County, Joshua holds at 4.19 GPA and excels in academics and sports. He serves as the Captain of his leadership class and is a member of the varsity water polo and swim teams. Joshua is Class Sergeant for the Fresno County Sheriff’s Explorer Program, which he has participated in sinceMay 2018, and he is a student member of the Fresno Unified School District Board of Education. Joshua is the son of Michael and Patricia Camarillo.


Quaid Copher – U.S. Naval Academy:


A senior at Liberty High School in Madera County, Quaid holds a 4.27 GPA and serves as  Senior Class President. He recently created a successful program to eliminate plastic water bottles with the installation of water bottle stations for his high school. In addition to excelling in sports and academics, Quaid has over 300 volunteer hours at Valley Children’s Hospital. His parents are John and Michele Copher.


Thomas Cox – U.S. Naval Academy:


Thomas is a senior at San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno County. Ranked in the top 1/3 of his class, Thomas excels in sports and academics. He serves as the Senior Class Vice President and is a 4-year member of the water polo and 3-year member of the swim teams. Thomas is active in Boy Scouts, his church, and volunteers in the community. His parents are Terrance Cox and Kathleen Murphy.



Scott Martinez  – U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Naval Academy:


A senior at Madera High School in Madera County, Scott holds a 4.64 GPA and is ranked 6th in his class. He is a 4-year member of the football and track and field teams and is active in the St. Joachim’s Church Youth Ministry. He has volunteered with the Madera VFW Post, the Little Coyote Football Camp, and with Valley Children’s Hospital. His parents are Mike and Stefanie Martinez.


Logan McIntosh  – U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Naval Academy


A senior at Merced High School in Merced County, Logan holds a 4.21 GPA and ranks 9th in his class. Logan is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America Club and volunteers as a math tutor.  He was a summer assistant coach volunteer with youth diving and volunteered with  Peer Assisted Learning Support (PALS). He also excels in sports and is a member of the varsity diving, swim, and water polo teams. His parents are Lonny and Christie McIntosh.      


More information about the nominees can be found here.

Students wishing to attend a military service academy must obtain a Congressional appointment. Members of Congress nominate individuals each year. If accepted, students receive a full scholarship and must complete a military service obligation requirement upon graduation.

Those interested should visit Rep. Costa’s website for more information.