Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., announced Friday, Feb. 28, that she has nominated Christopher Boucher of Crosby for admission to the U.S. Naval Academy.

If chosen for an appointment by the academy, Boucher, the son of Donald and Marie Boucher, would join the U.S. Naval Academy class of 2024 and would enter this summer.

“I am very pleased to nominate Christopher Boucher to the U.S. Naval Academy,” Smith stated in a news release. “Each year, I nominate several talented young Minnesotans to our nation’s military academies because of their strong character, academic and athletic achievements, and demonstrated leadership ability. I have no doubt that Christopher has the ability to excel at the U.S. Naval Academy and become a successful future leader in our nation’s military.”

Boucher currently attends Brainerd Senior High School where he is on the Brainerd Senior High School track and field team. He is a member of the National Honor Society and a two-time Student of the Semester recipient.

Each year, Smith nominates qualified young Minnesotans to the U.S. Service Academies, including the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The individual service academies make the final admission decisions and begin notifying nominees of their status in February.

Editor's Note: Due to incorrect and incomplete information provided to the Brainerd Dispatch, this news brief incorrectly listed Brainerd High School student Christopher Boucher, who was nominated for the U.S. Naval Academy, as the captain of the BHS track and field team. He is a member of the team but captains have not been selected. The news brief also failed to note Boucher was offered an appointment with the academy. The Dispatch regrets the error.