Six South Dakota stand-out students have received a much-anticipated notice for their continuing education. On Wednesday, South Dakota U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson had the honor of announcing the Service Academy appointments.

There are five service academies.

  • U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York
  • U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland
  • U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs
  • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York
  • U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, Connecticut

Throughout the country, there are a large number of qualified candidates. And, to qualify certain criteria must be met.

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Each applicant for a nomination must meet the following eligibility requirements as of July 1st of the year of admission to an academy:

  • Age: Be at least 17 years old, but not have passed the 23rd birthday
  • Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Marital Status: Must be unmarried, not pregnant, and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents
  • Residence: Must reside within the boundaries of the Congressional District of South Dakota.
  • Skill / Fitness: Must meet the medical, physical, and academic requirements of the Academy

Congratulations to these six students:

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Daniel Colby – United States Naval Academy

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Halle Fjelland – United States Naval Academy

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Grace Kaiser – United States Military Academy

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Gunnar Kvistad – United States Air Force Academy

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Jayda McNabb – the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School

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Blake Stark – United States Air Force Academy

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