April 1, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar announced she has nominated Laura Nissen of Mora to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy for the class entering in the fall of 2019. A current student at Anoka Ramsey Community College and a 2018 graduate of Mora High School, Nissen has spent time learning in countries around the world. In addition to the learned culture competencies Nissen demonstrates, she has achieved outstanding academic and athletic successes, including being a member of the National Honor Society and lettering in varsity track and field. Nissen has demonstrated qualities that make her an outstanding candidate for admission into the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

“I want to congratulate Laura on her nomination to the Merchant Marine Academy,” said Klobuchar. “My office received a considerable number of applications from qualified Minnesotans across the state, and Laura demonstrates a commitment to excellence. I am confident she has the skills to serve our nation with honor.”

Last fall, Klobuchar accepted applications for military academy nominations, which include the United States Air Force Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, West Point and the Naval Academy. After interviewing applicants, Klobuchar nominated select students to their chosen service academies. Academies are currently reviewing applications and will notify accepted applicants directly of their admission to attend this fall. 


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