Jon Tester

12/02/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/02/2019 14:15

Tester Nominates Helena-Area Students to Military Service Academies

U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced that he is nominating seven students from the Helena region to the nation's most prestigious U.S. military service academies.

Tester selected the total of 34 Montana nominees to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy based on their academic accomplishments, extracurricular activities, and commitment to serving and leading in the United States military. A nomination from a member of Congress is the first step in students' applications to the four schools.

'I'm proud to nominate Montana's best and brightest students to our nation's most prestigious military academies each year,' Tester said. 'These young men and women have earned this honor through their hard work in and out of the classroom, and I'm looking forward to watching them become the next generation of leaders to serve our state and this country.'

Montana students interested in applying for a military academy nomination in the future can request a nomination from Tester HERE.

Senator Jon Tester's Helena region 2020 military academy nominations:

Kadyn Craigle - U.S. Air Force Academy. Kadyn is a baseball, powerlifting, and varsity football athlete. He is an Eagle Mount Ski Instructor for disabled skiers, National Honor Society, Key Club, and Science Club member, and a Boys State Delegate. He attends Capital High School.

Grant Eckerson - U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Grant is a varsity soccer and track athlete. He participates in SkillsUSA, the Rotary Club, and the National Honor Society. He attends Helena High School.

Kaitlyn Edwards - U.S. Military Academy & U.S. Air Force Academy. Kaitlyn is a varsity Track and Field, Cross Country, and swimming athlete. She also participates in 4-H Club, is a junior instructor for Bow Hunters Ed., and won a Presidential Education Outstanding Achievement Award. She attends Capital High School.

Mathilda Inman - U.S. Air Force Academy. Mathilda is ballet dancer. She is involved in National Honor Society, Scouts BSA, Civil Air Patrol, the Science Olympiad Team, and Band Council.

Brock McDaid - U.S. Military Academy. Brock is a varsity football and wrestling athlete. He is a SkillsUSA National Competitor and a member of the National Honor Society. He attends Broadwater High School.

Vivienne Johnson - U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Vivienne is a varsity cheerleader, track and field, and volleyball athlete. She is Student Body Vice President, School Delegate to the International Student Leadership Institute, Lead Delegate to the European Model UN, and a YMCA Camp Counselor.

Tamara O'Leary - U.S. Air Force Academy. Tamara is a varsity cross country and swimming athlete. She participates in Speech and Debate, DECA, Scouts BSA, and National Honor Society. She attends Helena High School.