PIERRE — U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) has announced that 10 South Dakota students he nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Air Force Academy have been accepted to be members of the Class of 2023 at their respective academies.

He also announced that his office is currently accepting nomination applications for the Class of 2024. Applications must be submitted by Oct. 1, 2019. More information on the nomination process can be found at https://www.rounds.senate.gov/constituents/academy-nominations

The following students were nominated by Rounds and will join the 2019-2020 freshman class at their respective academies.

• U.S. Naval Academy — Jack Elliott, Sioux Falls; Kyras Fort, Box Elder; Gavin West, Piedmont; Marita Schmitz, Rapid City

• U.S. Military Academy — Bryn Ellwein, Sioux Falls; Henry Jensen, Dakota Dunes

• U.S. Air Force Academy — Haley Deome, Ramstein Air Base; Aiden Diedrich, Sioux Falls; Sierra Hillard, Whitewood; Connor Hoback, Harrisburg

Each year, Sen. Rounds is able to nominate South Dakota students to the U.S. service academies. Each academy then gives full and fair consideration to these nominations when selecting applicants. Questions about the academy nomination application process can be directed to our Sioux Falls office by calling (605) 336-0486 or by emailing Academy_Nominations@rounds.senate.gov.

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