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Congressman Jim Costa

Representing the 16th District of California

Costa Nominates El Capitan Student to Air Force Academy

Feb 14, 2017
Press Release

MERCED, CA — On Friday, February 10th, Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) visited El Capitan High School to meet with Ethan Torres.  Ethan is a senior and the first student at El Capitan High School to ever receive a congressional nomination to a military academy. Ethan was nominated to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy. 

“The young men and women who receive a congressional nomination to attend our nation’s military academies are well-rounded, bright, and committed, and Ethan is no exception,” said Rep. Costa. “I’m confident that Ethan has a great future ahead of him. I commend Principal Shaw and his faculty and staff for always striving to ensure that their students are well-educated and prepared for the future.”

“It’s an honor to be nominated to the Air Force Academy,” said Ethan Torres, student at El Capitan High School and nominee for the U.S. Air Force Academy. “I would like to thank Congressman Costa and my family, friends, teachers, and school for all of the support.”

"We are extremely proud of Ethan for being the first El Capitan student to receive this recognition, said Principal Shaw, El Capitan High School. “Ethan is a positive influence on campus and is leaving his legacy by receiving this nomination. He has set an example for future students as to what is possible for their lives." 

Congressman Costa joined Ethan Torres, his parents, Principal Shaw, and teachers for lunch to celebrate Ethan’s nomination to the U.S. Air Force Academy.