Tester, Daines Congratulate Billings Student Simon Petsch on Appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy

(U.S. Senate) – Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines today congratulated Billings High School student Simon Petsch on his appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Tester and Daines nominated Petsch last year.

Petsch is a member of the varsity cross-country and track and field teams. The cross-country team named him the Most Valuable Runner in 2016. Petsch is a Student Leader in his youth group and received the President’s Education Award for academic excellence.

“Simon has proven to be an exceptional student and athlete who will no doubt do Montana proud,” Tester said. “The Naval Academy will be lucky to have him and I look forward to seeing his continued successes.”

“I was thrilled to speak with Simon and congratulate his on this prestigious achievement,” Daines stated. “I have no doubt he will serve Montana and our nation proudly at the Naval Academy.”

Petsch wrote in his application for the nomination that he hoped to receive an appointment to the Naval Academy because he values the “countless opportunities to give back and serve” the academy would grant him.

Montana students interested in attending service academies are encouraged to find more information on Tester and Daines’ websites.