Minot, area students nominees for U.S. military academies

Minot and area students have been nominated by Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer for appointments to the nation’s military academies.

Students applying for military academies are required to receive a congressional nomination as part of the application process.

Hoeven’s nominees include Cassidy Sanderson of Devils Lake High School to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. Hoeven also nominated several other students in the state for military academies.

Cramer’s nominees include Peter Wang of Devils Lake High School to the U.S. Military Academy; Ashley Arbegast of Minot to the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Jameson Brodeur, originally from Minot, to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.

Sanderson is a senior at Devils Lake High School, where she has a 4.0 GPA and is a member of National Honor Society and Student Council. She is a JROTC Battalion commander and a member of the North Dakota National Guard. An active volunteer in her community, she plays softball and basketball.

Arbegast is a senior at Bishop Ryan High School, Minot. She serves as Student Council president and president of the National Honors Society. Arbegast participates in cheerleading, track and field, cross country, and Civil Air Patrol while pursuing a pilot’s license. Her father is the chief master sergeant at Minot AFB.

Wang is a senior at Devils Lake High School. Wang participates in football, shooting sports, track and field, orchestra and 4-H club. His father was a lieutenant colonel in the Army National Guard.

Brodeur is a senior at Cabrillo High School in Lompoc, California. He serves as the president of the Future Business Leaders of America. Brodeur participates in football, wrestling, student government, National Honors Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. His father is the commander at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Cramer nominated his sister, Jesse Brodeur, to the U.S. Naval Academy in 2014.