Harrisburg student receives offer of appointment to U.S. Air Force Academy

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RAPID CITY, S.D. — Early this month, Corwyn “Ethan” Wipf of Rapid City Christian School received an offer of appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Sen. Mike Rounds has announced today that Harrisburg High School senior Pierce Okken has also been given a fully qualified offer to the same academy located in Colorado.

Congratulations to Pierce on receiving an offer of appointment to the Air Force Academy,” said Rounds. “His love of country and strong faith in God will help him to be a good leader in the Air Force. Pierce’s goal is to pursue a degree in civil and aerospace engineering at the Academy. We wish him all the best!”

Okken shared Rounds’ enthusiasm as he awaits for the opportunity.

“I am greatly honored and humbled to have received an appointment to USAFA,” said Okken. “Attending The Air Force Academy and serving my country has been a goal of mine for many years. I am excited to challenge myself and grow in my role as a leader in the Air Force and my community.”

Every year, Sen. Rounds can nominate a select group of eligible students from South Dakota to attend the four service academies in the U.S. Those academies include: The U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy.

Former Black Hills area recipients of the prestigious offer of appointment are Gavin West from Sturgis Brown High School who was appointed in 2019, Sierra Hillard from Spearfish High School who was appointed in 2018, and Noah Diamond of Rapid City who was appointed in 2016.

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