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By Dale Hawkins
USCG Aux, contributing writer 

Alaina Riggs to be first Tehachapian to attend Coast Guard Academy


May 28, 2022

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Alaina Riggs.

The United States Coast Guard Academy announced that Alaina Riggs from Tehachapi High School has been recognized for superior academic achievement and leadership potential. Alaina has the distinction of being the first student from Tehachapi to accept an appointment to attend the Coast Guard Academy and formally received her appointment in a ceremony at Tehachapi High School on Thursday, May 26.

The United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, is an accredited college educating future Coast Guard officers. The smallest of our nation's five military service academies, the Coast Guard Academy's Corps of Cadets represents the nation's best and brightest students, ready to serve and lead their country. Admission to the Coast Guard Academy is highly competitive and fewer that 400 appointments are offered annually from a pool of over 2,000 applicants. Cadets receive a full tuition scholarship and monthly stipend for a five year service commitment to the Coast Guard upon graduation. All graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree and are guaranteed a position of leadership as a commissioned officer in the United States Coast Guard.

Alaina is the daughter of Gordon and Suree Riggs. Her sister Jessica is a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy. They are the granddaughters of Narong Santatikul of Northridge, the late Lana Reynolds and the late Janet and Merle Riggs.


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