PACE — U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz was at Pace High School on Jan. 22 to present 14 students in Santa Rosa and Escambia County with congressional nominations to the armed forces.
The 14 students from schools across both counties were not informed what branches they were nominated to Gaetz said, only that they were receiving nominations. Gaetz added that these congressional nominations did not guarantee that students would be accepted into the program.
"From here my job is to be an advocate for these students," Gaetz said. "It's a very competitive process form here."
Gaetz said it was a privilege for him to get to present these nominations, especially during what he said was difficult times for the government.
"This is the best part of my job," he said. "It restores my faith in our country's future."
Gaetz said those with aspirations of going into government or armed forces should always stay up on current events and stand up for their ideas.
The following students from Santa Rosa and Escambia counties received nominations:
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMYConnor Stibolt, Pensacola Christian Academy Clint Hinrichs, Pensacola High School Jeffrey Sutherland, Pensacola High School
Valerie Goodwin, Pace High School
Zachary Walden, Gulf Breeze High School
MacKenzie Schmidt, West Florida High School
UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY
Isaac Kelly, Pace High School
Trevor Compton, Gulf Breeze High School
Caroline Opager, Santa Rosa Christian School
Luciana Combs, Navarre High School
Westen Key, Milton High School
Malcolm Rivers, Pensacola High School
Allison McGaugh, Pensacola High School
Noelle Matzinger, Pine Forest High School
UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY
See pictures of the nominees on page B1.