Helena student nominated by Tester accepted to Naval Academy

(U.S. SENATE) – Senator Jon Tester today announced that a Helena student has been accepted to the prestigious U.S. Naval Academy.

Jeremy Van Dyke, 17, is an All-Conference wrestler and cross country runner at Helena High School. He is actively involved in his church and local community through volunteering. He is also a National Honors Society member and completed the Naval Academy STEM Program.

Senator Tester nominated Jeremy based on his academics, athleticism, public service and commitment to serving his country. Today, Senator Tester called Jeremy personally to congratulate him on his acceptance.

“Jeremy’s commitment to selfless service, Montana, and his nation is to be commended,” said Tester, a former teacher. “I was proud to nominate Jeremy, and today I’m proud to congratulate him on his acceptance. It’s a high honor, and I wish him the very best as he enters this next stage of his life.”

Van Dyke is the fourth Helena High School student to be accepted to one of the nation’s premier service academies this year.

Late last year, Tester nominated 30 Montana students to the nation’s military service academies based on their academic achievement, leadership, community service and participation in extracurricular activities.

Montanans interested in applying for a military academy nomination in the future are encouraged to do so online at Tester’s website.