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U.S. Military Academy selects four Iowa students


This news story was published on January 18, 2014.
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U.S. Military Academy at West Point

U.S. Military Academy at West Point

WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa said last week that Connor Gillette, Neil Harte, Seth Horsley and Peter Meyers have received appointments to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point for the 2014-2015 school year.

“Admission to the service academies is highly competitive and a great honor,” Grassley said. “Students work very hard to earn this kind of opportunity. I wish Connor, Neil, Seth and Peter well and thank them for their commitment to serve our nation.”

Gillette is the son of Katie and Graham Gillette of Des Moines. He will graduate in May from Theodore Roosevelt High School. Gillette participated in swimming, rugby, water polo, National Honor Society and Best Buddies.

Harte is the son of Lyudmila and Willis Harte of Iowa City. He will graduate from City High School in Iowa City in May. Harte participated in cross country, track and field, Model United Nations and National Honor Society. He served as president of the Chinese Club, as well as staff writer and opinion editor for the student newspaper, Little Hawk. Harte also serves in the Iowa National Guard.

Horsley, of Carroll, is the son of Kristina and Duane Horsley. He is a graduate of Carroll High School. Horsley participated in football; swim team; chorus; show choir; the fall musical; Big Brothers and Big Sisters; student senate; National Honor Society; North Highland Weightlifting Club; and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

Meyers is the son of Laura and Joel Meyers of Reinbeck. He will graduate from Gladbrook Reinbeck High School in May. Meyers participated in football, weight training, basketball, track, soccer, student council, National Honor Society and church youth group.

Gillette, Harte, Horsley and Meyers were among the 55 Iowans Grassley nominated this year for appointments to the U.S. service academies. Information about seeking nominations can be found on Grassley’s website.

For more than 200 years, these academies have educated and trained individuals to lead and command the U.S. armed forces.

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