Society news and notes

Area students tapped

for military academies

Area students have received appointments to U.S. military academies by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.

Chandler Vercher, a senior at Minot High School-Magic City Campus, received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy; Leah Fagerland, Minot, a graduate student in architecture at North Dakota State University and a Minot High School and NDSU graduate, received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; and Mitchell Robinson, a senior at Minot High School-Magic City Campus, received an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

In addition, Ariel Warren, a senior at MLS-Mohall High School, has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy by Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. She is active in Science Olympiad, drama, Envirothon, speech, the National Honor Society, and is a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Students must be nominated to a military service academy by a member of Congress, the vice president, or a service branch secretary. Final appointment decisions are made by the academies. Those interested in applying for 2015 admission to a military service academy can find more information on Hoeven’s website at (, or on Cramer’s website at ( or by calling Randy Richards in his Grand Forks office at 738-4880.

Students appointed to the academies receive a scholarship as well as a military appointment. Following graduation, students must serve in the military for at least five years.

Area students honored at one-act play contest

RUGBY Cordell Wagner, Harvey High School, Zachary Miller, Rugby High School, Kari Loehr, Starkweather High School, and Abbie Bertsch, Starkweather High School, all received superior acting awards Nov. 7 during the Region 4 One Act Play contest held in Rugby.

Area students who received awards for technical crew included Kolbey Harness, Harvey, lighting; Nolan Hovland, Rugby, sound/lights; Brett Berginski, Rugby, stagehand; and Joshua Pfeifer, Rugby, lights.