Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) today announced that Pukwana resident Jack C. Carda has been appointed to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Johnson nominated Carda for an appointment earlier this year. Additionally, Carda has been appointed to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY.
“Academy appointments go to the best and brightest students in the country, and I want to congratulate Jack,” Johnson said. “As a strong leader and a determined student, he has developed the skills that will allow him to do very well at either the United States Air Force Academy or the Merchant Marine Academy. I congratulate him on these honors and wish him the best of luck.
Carda, a senior at Kimball High School, prides himself as a hard worker and a role model. He is very active in many extra-curricular activities including student council, wrestling and football.
“I am ready to take on the exciting challenge of attending the Academy and serving our nation,” Carda said in his application to Johnson. “It will not be an easy task, but that has never stopped me before.”
In order to be appointed to a service academy, young women and men must be of good character and must meet strict requirements in academics, physical aptitude, medical fitness, character, and leadership potential. Applicants must also meet the minimum medical requirements of the respective academies which are reviewed by the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board. Candidates must receive a nomination from a member of Congress or from the Vice President of the United States.
Johnson announced that the following students received appointments to Service Academies today:
Michael Barman Douglas High School United States Military Academy
Katelyn Stolenburg Watertown High School United States Naval Academy