Daschle, Johnson nominate Nelsen to service academies

Daschle, Johnson nominate Nelsen to service academies Sen. Tom Daschle has nominated Vermillion student Courtney Nelsen to the U.S. Naval Academy, West Point and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Sen. Tim Johnson has nominated Nelsen to the three academies mentioned above and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

"Courtney is a very talented student who is well qualified to attend our country's academies, and I am pleased I could make these recommendations," Daschle said. "Admission to the service academies is highly competitive and Courtney should be proud that her academic record, extracurricular activities, leadership potential and physical fitness have earned her these nominations."

Students seeking nominations were interviewed by Daschle's advisory committee comprised of South Dakotans with military experience. Final appointments will be made by each academy.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for Courtney," Johnson said. "She has proven herself to be a responsible, disciplined individual with high academic scores and strong leadership skills. She is among 32 South Dakota students I nominated this year who I believe reflect South Dakota's best and brightest students."

Nelsen is the National Honor Society Parliamentarian at Vermillion High School and she has participated in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law. She was also nominated for the President's Education Awards Program and Who's Who Among American High School Students. Her parents are Dennis and Connie Nelsen.

Men and women between the ages of 17 and 22 who are interested in pursuing a nomination to one of the academies for 2001 should contact Daschle's office at 605-334-9596.

Johnson noted that nominees from his office are chosen on their academic standards, school activities and community leadership. Academies to which the students are nominated will make final decisions in 2000.

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