U.S. Senator Al Franken has nominated Noah Pehrson of Apple Valley for admission to the U.S. Military Academy and Emily Kilen of Apple Valley for admission to both the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Military Academy.
If chosen for an appointment by the academy, the two would be part of the class of 2017 and enter this fall.
Franken's office nominates young Minnesotans to the nation’s military academies "because of their strong character, academic and athletic achievements, and demonstrated leadership ability. I have no doubt that Noah and Emily have the ability to excel at their chosen Academy and become a successful future leader in our nation’s military,” the senator said in a news release Tuesday.
Pehrson, the son of Mark and Tami Pehrson of Apple Valley, is a senior at Trinity High School in Eagan. He participates in soccer, wrestling, and track. He is also a Student Ambassador and has done mission trips to Indonesia and the Dominican Republic.
Kilen, the daughter of Mike and Paivahn of Apple Valley, is a senior at Eastview High School. She is a varsity swimmer, a member of the National Honor Society, and a student council representative. She also volunteers with with the Yellow Ribbon Network, Fairview Hospital and the Minnesota Zoo.
The service academies make the final admission decisions and begin notifying nominees of their status in February.