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Sioux Falls Student Receives Fully Qualified Offer of Appointment to U.S. Air Force Academy

Aiden Diedrich was nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy by Rounds

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced Aiden Diedrich, a student at O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls, has received a fully qualified offer of appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy which he has accepted. Diedrich is the son of Cory and Janey Diedrich of Sioux Falls.


“I was proud to nominate Aiden to the Air Force Academy and I congratulate him on his offer of appointment,” said Rounds. “Aiden is an Eagle Scout, a National Honor Society member, a pianist and a state champion powerlifter who recently competed against the country’s best high school powerlifters in the 2019 national championships, just to name a few of his achievements. But he is also a young man with a strong desire to serve his country in the military, just as his great-grandfather did during World War I. I wish Aiden all the best at the Air Force Academy.”


“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that Senator Rounds and the United States Air Force Academy has granted to me,” said Diedrich. “I am excited for the challenges ahead and to see what my future in serving the United States has in store for me.”


Each year, Sen. Rounds is able to nominate a select group of eligible students from South Dakota to attend our nation’s four service academies: The U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy. More information about the nomination process and eligibility requirements can be found here.