Zimmerman’s Crippes appointed into the United States Naval Academy for 2018

Jacob Crippes, of Zimmerman, has been appointed into the 2018 U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Crippes’ desire is to serve as a military officer in the U.S. Navy. His goal is to pursue a mechanical engineering degree.

He was one of seven students from the Sixth District appointed to one of the United States’ five service academies by Congresswoman Michele Bachmann on April 12 at Monticello High School.

Letters of nomination are awarded to students who undergo a rigorous application process. Students started the process by submitting academic scores, recommendation letters and an essay on the topic, “Why I want to Attend a Service Academy.”

These students then underwent an interview with current military officers before receiving their nomination.

There are five Service Academies: The U.S. Air Force, Naval, West Point, Merchant Marine and Coast Guard academies.

A nomination from a representative or senator is required for all but the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, to which appointments are made on the basis of an annual nationwide competition.

Crippes is a graduate of Fridley High School is currently attending a military Prep School in Texas called Greystone Academy Preparatory school. He has taken on many leadership roles within the last year.

As a squad leader and a Greystones logistics officer, he was assigned watch duty on campus and attends leadership training and development classes.

While at Fridley High School, he graduated with honors and gave one of the school’s commencement speeches. He was a senior mentor, a member of the National Honor Society and a member of concert band where he lettered. He was awarded the Fridley High School Vanity Academic Award and took honor courses in classes like chemistry and German.