Schiff Announces the Appointment of Local Student to West Point

WASHINGTON–Congressman Adam Schiff announced that Christian Kooshian of Altadena received an appointment to U.S. Military Academy (West Point) for the class of 2012. Congressman Schiff met with Christian and his family this past weekend to congratulate him and thank him for his dedication to our country.
“After reviewing Christian’s application I was very impressed by his dedication to serve our country,” said Schiff. “After meeting him and his family this past weekend, I am confident he will be among the future leaders of our country.”
Christian’s patriotism and desire to serve in the military stems from his grandfather’s story of survival in the Armenian Genocide and subsequent immigration to the U.S. Throughout his high school career at John Muir, Christian has proven to be a true leader. He was a member of his high school cross country team, serving as the captain his senior year. He also played the viola in the John Muir Symphony Orchestra, and he was a recipient of the 2007 Rotary Youth Leadership Award. Last summer he attended the Summer Leadership Seminar at West Point.
“I see West Point as the best path for me to both enter the military service and to become an educated, patriotic citizen of good character,” Christian wrote in his application essay.
Four of the five service academies require a Congressional nomination. They are the Air Force Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy, the Military Academy at West Point, and the Naval Academy. The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, does not require a Congressional nomination. All five academies offer young men and women a free college education at a highly-ranked, nationally-recognized academic institution, while preparing them for an officer’s commission in the armed forces.
Students interested in applying to a Service Academy in 2009, should call Congressman Schiff’s District Office at 626-304-2727 or visit to obtain an application form. The application deadline is November 14, 2008.


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