Laurel County Leader: Polson graduate appointed to Merchant Marine Academy

Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines announced last week that a recent graduate of Polson High School was accepted to the prestigious U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Nicholas Becker, 19, received a full appointment to the Merchant Marine Academy. A Big Arm resident, Becker served on his high school’s Board of Governors, played tennis, lacrosse, and skied throughout his high school career.

Tester and Daines spoke with Becker and congratulated him on his appointment.

“Nicholas will make Montana and all of America proud as an officer in the United States Merchant Marines,” Tester said. “His stellar academic record and his leadership experience make him an outstanding candidate to join our military. I appreciate his willingness to serve.”

“Our state has a proud legacy of service and I’m honored to congratulate Nicholas on choosing to serve our country and carry on that tradition,” Daines stated. “Nicholas’ dedication to his studies and extracurriculars makes him not only an impressive student, but an incredible addition to our Armed Forces.”

Tester and Daines nominated Becker in December of 2015. Montanans interested in applying for a military academy nomination in the future are encouraged to do so online at Tester’s and Daines’ websites.