2 North Dakota students accepted to military service academies

Brendan Connor and Keira Cole will both attend military academies on the recommendation of Rep. Kelly Armstrong.

A collage of two photos. At left, a boy in a long-sleeve gray henley shirt poses in front of a barn door. At right, a girl with long light brown hair smiles for a school photo.
Brendan Connor and Keira Cole.

BISMARCK — Two students nominated to U.S. military service academies who were recommended by Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., have been accepted for the fall 2023 semester.

Brendan Connor, of Devils Lake, has been accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and Keira Cole, of Grafton, has been accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, according to a release from Armstrong's office.

Armstrong selected Connor and Cole as principal nominees in November 2022, the release said.

“We are proud of Brendan and Keira for their admission to the U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Naval Academy, respectively. Their dedication to their studies, extracurriculars, and community has earned them both this honor. I am confident they will represent North Dakota and our country well,” Armstrong said in the release.

Connor is a senior at Devils Lake High School. His family has a long history of military service, and his brother is a student at the U.S. Military Academy, the release said. Connor is a longtime volunteer with “Fishing with Vets” in Devils Lake.


Cole is a senior at Grafton High School, the release said. She currently serves as class president and hopes to earn a degree in chemistry.

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