Upon congressional nominations from Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Robert Rodrigo Boniface has accepted an offer of appointment to the United States Air Force Academy from Lt. Gen. John Dallager, academy superintendent.
Robert is an Eagle Scout and earned 71 merit badges, five palms and two religious medals administered by Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Centro.
Overseeing volunteers for his Eagle Scout project, at 85 miles distance from the Imperial Valley, Robert blazed and constructed 400 feet of backcountry trail in the mountains near Ranchita.
San Diego's Catholic diocese and the Rev. Joe Carrol, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul, selected Robert for a scholarship to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M., where he earned the St. George trek religious medal through the universal Catholic Church.