Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke congratulated Billings Senior High School student Maren Kirkland on her appointment to the United States Naval Academy.

Kirkland is a senior at Billings Senior High School. She is a National Honor Society member, President of the Yellowstone County 4H Club, soccer and tennis All-State, and won second place in the American Mathematics Competition in 2014. Kirkland is also a volunteer with her school’s Senior Advocates program.

Senator Jon Tester:

“Maren is a rising Montana star and I’m incredibly thankful for her service and dedication to our state and nation,” Tester said. “Maren’s academic, athletic, and civic skills set her apart as a strong military academy nominee. I’m proud to congratulate Maren on her acceptance and wish her the very best in her future endeavors.”

Senator Steve Daines:

“Maren Kirkland has proved herself to be an upstanding citizen and a hardworking student who I’m confident will thrive as she continues to serve her community and her country,” Daines stated. “I’m proud to congratulate Maren on her latest in a long list of accomplishments – her appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy – and look forward to watching her become a future leader of our state and nation.”

Representative Ryan Zinke:

“Bravo zulu, to Maren! Given her long record of success and accomplishment, I’m sure she will be hearing that quite a bit as she builds a career in the U.S. Navy,” said Rep. Zinke, a retired U.S. Navy Commander. “Nominating Montana’s best and brightest for our nation’s service academies is a privilege, and I take it very seriously. Maren represents the absolute best of her peers and I know she will make Montana proud.”

The U.S. Naval Academy is located in Annapolis, Maryland.