Sioux Falls Student Receives Fully Qualified Offer of Appointment to U.S. Military Academy at West Point

Bryn Ellwein was nominated to West Point by Rounds

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that Bryn Ellwein of Sioux Falls, SD, has received a fully qualified offer of appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, which she intends to accept. Ellwein is the daughter of Ryan and Shelby Ellwein of Sioux Falls. She currently attends Roosevelt High School, and will graduate in May 2019. 


“We congratulate Bryn on her offer of appointment to West Point,” said Rounds. “She has worked hard to get to this point. Bryn is first in her class of 455. She is an AP Scholar with Distinction and a Science National Honor Society Member, and is involved in varsity soccer, quiz bowl, band, basketball and track. She also gives back to her community as a volunteer with Best Buddies, Food to You and the Sioux Falls Banquet. We wish Bryn all the best at West Point.”


“I thank my parents, teachers and friends who all prepared, helped, and supported me through the process,” said Ellwein. “I can’t wait to face all the challenges West Point throws my way, and I hope I can represent South Dakota well while I’m there.”  


In 2018, Ellwein received a Letter of Assurance from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, which guaranteed her admission as long as she met all the other requirements of the Academy. She attended the West Point Summer Leadership Experience last year. 


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.