Tester Congratulates Harlem’s Alaynee Hawley on Acceptance to the U.S. Air Force Academy

Senator nominated Hawley and 18 other Montanans for the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Merchant Marine Academies’ classes of 2025

U.S. Senator Jon Tester congratulated Blaine County high school student Alaynee Hawley today on her appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Alaynee is a varsity volleyball, basketball, track, tennis player, and a varsity swimmer at Harlem Junior-Senior High School. She is three-time class president, a Compassion International Child Sponsor, member of the FFA, Robotics Club, Astronomy Club, and National Honor Society. She is a NASA Apollo 50 Challenge and NASA ROADS to Mars Challenge participant, Formula 1 in Schools participant, Montana GearUp Leader, Harlem Community Food Drive, Public Library Children’s Program and Community Winter Clothing Drive volunteer. She is the recipient of the 2020 Foundation for Rural Service Award by Triangle Communications, Academic Allstate, three-time Harlem Junior-Senior High School Student of the Quarter, and Montana Army National Guard Academic All-Team Trophy.

“Helping young Montanans achieve their dreams of attending one of our nation’s prestigious Military Service Academies is one of my greatest honors as Montana’s Senior Senator,” said Tester. “Alaynee has proven that she’s an exceptional Montanan, as well as a tremendous student and leader, and I wish her all the best on this exciting new journey at the U.S. Air Force Academy where I have no doubt she will serve our state and country proudly.”

Tester nominated Alaynee-along with 18 other Montanans-in December based on her academic accomplishments, extracurricular activities, and commitment to serving and leading in the United States military. A nomination from a member of Congress is the first step in students’ applications to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Montana students who are interested in applying to a military academy in the future can request a nomination from Tester HERE.