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St. Thomas More High School Student Receives Fully Qualified Offer of Appointment to U.S. Naval Academy

Grace Blote was nominated to the Naval Academy by Sen. Rounds

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that Grace Blote, a senior at St. Thomas More High School, has received a fully qualified offer of appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA). Grace was nominated to the USNA by Senator Rounds. She is the daughter of Steve and LaRae Blote of Rapid City, South Dakota.

“Congratulations to Grace on her appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy,” said Rounds. “Grace has served in various leadership positions, including student council president, principal cellist in orchestra and varsity team captain for the St. Thomas More Cavaliers soccer team. She previously participated in the first virtual seminar for the Naval Academy.”

“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to represent South Dakota at the United States Naval Academy through Senator Rounds’ nomination,” said Grace. “I’m looking forward to being a part of a community of young people that are driven to excellence in all things. My gratitude extends to all who have supported me throughout my endeavors.” 

Each year, Sen. Rounds is able to nominate a select group of qualified 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.  

Download Grace’s headshot here.


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