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13 North Dakota Students Nominated for Military Academies

FARGO — North Dakota’s congressional delegation has announced 13 nominees for U.S. military academies.

Sen. John Hoeven nominated six students, his office announced in a Friday, Nov. 10, release.

“Our state has a strong history of military service, and we are proud to nominate these six talented young students from North Dakota to our nation’s exceptional military academies.” Hoeven said in the release. “We wish them the best of luck as they endeavor to serve our country.”

Students applying for military academies are required to receive a Congressional nomination as part of the application process.

Hoeven nominated Ayden Frohlich and Ethan Kawecki to the U.S. Naval Academy; Nichola Borowski, Joshua Messelt and Thomas Lemen to the U.S. Air Force Academy; and Saxon Weaver to the U.S. Military Academy, or West Point.

Frohlich, of Bismarck, graduated from Legacy High School in 2023. He attends Northwestern Preperatory School and was involved in golf, swimming and served on the North Dakota Superintendent’s Student Cabinet. He is the son of Billie Jo Lorius. 

Kawecki graduated from Annapolis High School in 2022 and attends Bismarck State College. He was involved in football, track and field, student government, National Honor Society and Skills USA Competition. He also volunteered with youth football, Special Olympics, at a food pantry, on local housing projects and was a Vacation Bible School teacher. He is the son of Marshal and Beth Kawecki.

Borowski is a senior at Fargo Davies High School with a 4.0 GPA. He is involved in cross-country, track and field and AFJROTC and has logged 170 hours of community service. He holds a private pilot’s license and has studied Spanish, Chinese, Latin, Dutch and Romanian. His parents are Stephen and Susan Borowski.

Messelt is a senior at Park Christian High School in Fargo and has a 4.0 GPA. He is the son of John and Andria Messelt and is involved in basketball, cross-country, golf, band, choir, student council and National Honor Society. He has volunteered at his church, Churches United for the Homeless, a food pantry and on a mission trip to Jamaica.

Lemen is a senior at Fargo South High School and is the son of Dawn and Jeff Sahr. He is active in football, color guard and AFJROTC and holds a private pilot license.

Weaver, from Fargo, is a student at Georgia Military College and graduated from Culver Military Academy in 2023. He is an Eagle Scout and was on the X-Count rifle team, Culver rifle team, varsity rugby team and varsity sailing team. He has volunteered for Shriner’s Hospital and on mission trips to Tanzania and Saudi Arabia.

Rep. Kelly Armstrong nominated three North Dakotans, his office announced Thursday. He nominated Nicolas Armendariz-Lotito to the U.S. Air Force Academy, Ryaan Alshami to the U.S. Naval Academy and Marc Steinberg to West Point.

“Nicolas, Ryaan, and Marc have answered the call to serve our country. I’m proud to nominate them to the service academies,” Armstrong said in a release. “As their journey to become future leaders of our armed services begins, I join their family, friends, neighbors, and all North Dakotans in thanking them and wishing them the best.”

Armendariz-Lotito graduated from Grand Forks Central High School last spring and is a current student at the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado. In Grand Forks, he was involved in wrestling, football, track and field and Junior ROTC. He is a member of National Honor Society and holds black belts in karate and kickboxing.

Alshami is a senior at Grand Forks Central High School where he participates in soccer, track and field and is captain of the swim team. He is a member of National Honor Society and volunteers for Meals on Wheels, the Alzheimer’s Walk Association and United Way.

Steinberg is a senior at Liberty University Online Academy and is a squadron support officer in the Fargo South Air Force Junior ROTC. He has participated in competitive cheer at North Dakota Elite for 10 years and volunteers at his church teaching children.

Sen. Kevin Cramer nominated four students to military academies on Wednesday. He nominated Robin Harrison and Micah Hummel to the U.S. Naval Academy, Parker Hintz to the U.S. Air Force Academy and Dawsyn Malkowski to West Point.

“One of the greatest joys of serving North Dakota in Congress is nominating some of our best young patriots for appointments to our military academies. After speaking with Micah, Parker, Dawsyn, and Robin, I know they are willing to answer the call to serve. They will be great ambassadors of our state at their respective academies,” he said in a release.

Harrison, of Williston, is the daughter of Bill and Amarins Harrison. She is involved in track and field, speech club, FCCLA and won the 2019 Presidential Award for Educational Excellence. She enjoys horseback riding, kayaking, embroidery, crocheting and reading. She also works as a lifeguard.

Hintz attends Bismarck High School, where he is involved in cross-country, track, National Honor Society, disc golf and mountain biking. He also plays trumpet and is active in his church. He is the son of Kadon and Michelle Hintz.

Hummel attends Bismarck Centry High School and is involved in National Honor Society, student council, DECA, chess club and baseball. The son of Aaron and Leah Hummel, he enjoys fishing, hunting, downhill skiing and water skiing. He volunteers with the North Dakota Heritage Center, Special Olympics and Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Malkowski, of Fairfield, is the son of Darnyl and Kasey Malkowski. He is involved in football, track and field, National Honor Society, FFA and student council. He enjoys ranching, agriculture and Bible camp and works at 701 Meats.

Source : INFORUM