Nielsen earns Shipmate Award

Nielsen earns Shipmate Award This past spring many Wakonda graduating seniors signed up for the armed services. One such graduate was Alex �Spud� Nielsen, son of Jim and Mary Nielsen. Nielsen graduated Basics on Aug. 12. Out of 800 other graduates, Alex received the honor and privilege of United Service Organization Shipmate Award.

It is presented to the recruit who shows enthusiasm, a supportive attitude and the willingness to help others during their training period that exceeded Navy training standards.

Alex�s former teachers can be proud of themselves. �I just feel that the education and leadership he received in Wakonda School has helped him to achieve this honor,� said Alex�s mother, Mary Nielsen.

To see Nielsen�s name on the Navy Web site, visit

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