Hoeven Nominates Three Students For Military Academy Appointments

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced that he has nominated three North Dakota students for appointments to the nation’s military academies. Hoeven nominated Elijah Stewart of Minot to the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), Seth Hanson of Grand Forks to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (USMA) and Emily Robinson, formerly of Minot, to the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA).

“It is a privilege to nominate outstanding young people for appointments to our service academies,” said Hoeven. “These individuals are very motivated to succeed and we are glad to see their commitment to serve our nation. Elijah, Seth and Emily have excelled in their studies and all they have set out to achieve. We are confident that they will do a great job representing our state and our country during their time at the Naval, Military and Air Force academies and in their military appointments and future careers.”

As part of the application process, service academies require students to be nominated by a member of Congress or the Vice President. Each academy determines final appointments. Those appointed receive a scholarship and military appointment and must serve in the military for at least five years following graduation.

Individuals interested in applying for a military academy nomination for academic year 2018-2019 should submit an application by October 2018. Additional information on service academy nominations is available through Senator Hoeven’s website.

Photos of the nominees can be seen by clicking here. Information on the students Hoeven nominated for academy appointments follows:

U.S. Naval Academy

Elijah Stewart – Minot

Elijah is a freshman at Minot State University (MSU) and a graduate of Minot’s Bishop Ryan High School where he was named regional senior athlete of the year after having played football, baseball and basketball. He was also named to the Lion’s All Star Team. Elijah currently plays on the MSU men’s basketball team. He is also a participant in the assistant chaplain program, a member of the National Honor Society and a volunteer with Special Olympics. Elijah is the son of Peter and Julie Stewart.

U.S. Military Academy (West Point)

Seth Hanson – Grand Forks

Seth is a senior at Grand Forks’ Red River High School where he holds a 4.0 GPA and is active in football, wrestling and track and field. He is a member of the National Honor Society, a section leader in orchestra, a member of the student council and participated in North Dakota Boys State last summer. Seth is the son of Mark and Jana Hanson.

U.S. Air Force Academy

Emily Robinson – Burke, Va. 

Emily is currently a senior at Lake Braddock High School in Virginia and previously attended Minot High School while her father served at the Minot Air Force Base. Senator Hoeven nominated her brother Mitchell to the USAFA to where he was appointed in 2013. Throughout high school, Emily has been very active in swimming, both as a competitor and instructor, and she is involved in DECA, boxing and a Women’s Leadership Program in Washington, D.C. Emily is the daughter of Maj. Christopher and Louann Robinson.