Inver Grove Heights students nominated for U.S. Naval Academy

U.S. Sen. Al Franken has nominated Cheyenne Nelson and Michael Burkard of Inver Grove Heights for admission to the U.S. Naval Academy.

If chosen for an appointment by the academy, Nelson, the daughter of Dayton and Tammy Nelson, and Burkard, the son of Michael and Sandra Burkard, would be part of the U.S. Naval Academy class of 2019 and would enter this summer.

“Each year, I nominate several talented young Minnesotans to our nation’s military academies because of their strong character, academic and athletic achievements, and demonstrated leadership ability,” Franken said in a statement. “I have no doubt that Cheyenne and Michael have the ability to excel at the U.S. Naval Academy and become successful future leaders in our nation’s military.”

Nelson, a home-schooled senior, fences and is a member of the Minnesota Sword Club. She also takes bagpipe lessons and has participated in productions at the Alaska Fine Arts Academy.

Burkard, currently a senior at Rosemount High School, participates in varsity football, hockey, and track, and is a member of the National Honor Society.  He also serves his local community as a volunteer for youth football, roadside cleanups, and Feed My Starving Children.

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