MIL-OSI USA: Davids Announces 12 Local Students to Receive U.S. Service Academy Appointments


Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Sharice Davids (KS-3)

Today, Representative Sharice Davids announced that 12 students from the Kansas Third District have successfully received their appointment to a U.S. Service Academy and will be continuing their education at one of the four eligible federal academies. In a sendoff event in Overland Park this afternoon, Davids presented each student with a certificate acknowledging their incredible achievement and Harden Boldt, U.S. Naval Academy class of 2024 from Shawnee Mission North High School, shared his advice for the students as they take this next step.

Rep. Davids stands with nine of the 12 students from KS-03 who successfully received

a U.S. Service Academy appointment this year.

“Receiving an appointment to one of our Nation’s service academies requires academic excellence, physical and mental toughness, and a commitment to military service,” said Davids. “As the daughter of an Army veteran, I have seen what it takes to serve our country. I have extreme confidence that these 12 talented students from the Third District will make our community proud.”

Rep. Davids speaks with the students, their families, and special guests.

“What prepared me most for the academy was not only the great education I received, but also having the privilege to grow up around some of the most hardworking and humble people in the school system and community at large,” said Harden Bolt. “I love the community here in Kansas and the character and grit instilled in me from growing up here has carried me far. I’m more than excited for the 12 individuals heading off to their respective service academies. They’re prepared to serve our country well.”

Harden Boldt, a U.S. Naval Academy class of 2024 student,

addresses the U.S. Service Academy class of 2025.

In February, Davids nominated 31 students for an appointment based on the recommendations of her Academy Panelist Board. This year’s nonpartisan board included: Lieutenant Colonel, retired, Mike Souder and Lieutenant Commander, retired, Anjail Belton. These panelists conduct personal interviews with each applicant, in addition to reviewing written applications, letters of recommendation, and G.P.A. In accordance with public health guidelines, the entire process this year was conducted virtually.

Colonel (Retired) Arthur Hester, United States Military Academy

class of 1965, speaks with attendees. Hester was one of the very few people

 of color who attended a military academy at that time.

After receiving a nomination from Rep. Davids, these 12 applicants successfully met the individual admission requirements for their respective academy which made the final decision on an appointment of admission.

Photos of the 12 students from the Kansas Third District who received appointments can be found HERE. They include:

United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO

  • Luke Connelly – Olathe, Saint James Academy
  • Taylor Ellis – Lenexa, De Soto High School

United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD

  • Demetrius Bush – Lenexa, Olathe North High School
  • Zachary Meyer – Overland Park, Saint Thomas Aquinas High School
  • James Stubbers – Leawood, Blue Valley North High School
  • Carolyn Thurlby – Overland Park, Blue Valley Northwest High School
  • Quintin Wright – Overland Park, Blue Valley High School

United States Military Academy at West Point, NY

  • Sam Arrick – Lenexa, Olathe Northwest High School
  • Zachary Keal – Lenexa, Mill Valley High School
  • Isaiah Gavin – Overland Park, Saint Thomas Aquinas High School
  • Matthew Ronnebaum – Overland Park, Blue Valley West High School

United States Merchant Marines Academy at Kings Point, NY

  • Zachary Alvarado – Shawnee, Christ Preparatory Academy