Editor's note: The Office of U.S. Sen. Al Franken submitted the following news announcement:
U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said today (Tuesday) that he has nominated three Roseville high school stuidents to U.S. service academies_David Paulson for admission to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and sisters Meghan and Melissa Koop both to the U.S. Naval Academy.
If chosen for an appointment by the academy, the three would be part of the class of 2017 and enter this fall.
“I am very pleased to nominate David Paulson, Meghan Koop, and Melissa Koop to a U.S. Service Academy,” Franken said. “Each year, I nominate several talented young Minnesotans to our nation’s military academies because of their strong character, academic and athletic achievements, and demonstrated leadership ability.
"I have no doubt that David, Meghan, and Melissa has the ability to excel at their chosen Academy and become a successful future leader in our nation’s military.”
Paulson, the son of John and Diane of Roseville, is currently a senior at Concordia Academy in Roseville. He was captain the football team and participates on the basketball and track teams. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and a Student Ambassador.
Meghan, the daughter of Nicholas and Tammy Koop of Roseville, is a senior at Roseville High School. She has captained the volleyball team and participates in the Junior Olympic Volleyball team. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and plays clarinet in band.
Melissa, also the daughter of Nicholas and Tammy Koop, is a senior at Roseville High School. She has captained the volleyball team and participates in the Junior Olympic Volleyball team. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and plays trumpet in band.
Each year, Sen. Franken nominates qualified young Minnesotans to the four U.S. Service academies, including 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. The individual service academies make the final admission decisions and begin notifying nominees of their status in February.