As one of only two South Dakota Senators, I am asked each year to nominate the best and brightest students from South Dakota to the United States Service Academies. This is not an easy task, but it is one of my favorite responsibilities, because each year I am impressed by the very high caliber of young people our state produces.
A world of opportunity awaits a service academy appointee. From these institutions come our nation's pilots, physicists, navigators, engineers and astronauts. From these minds will come the leadership that will carry us into the next century.
Every one of these academies offers an excellent education and leadership program. I hope that you will take a moment to familiarize yourself with the many opportunities the academies have to offer. If you should have any questions, I hope that you will feel free to contact me.