Local students heading to service academies recognized

By: Thomas Franz | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published June 15, 2016

 Dakota High School graduating senior Jacob Lemlin is pictured with U.S. Rep. Candice Miller June 6.

Dakota High School graduating senior Jacob Lemlin is pictured with U.S. Rep. Candice Miller June 6.

Photo provided by Candice Miller’s office


MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The application process to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point formally began in May of 2015 for Dakota High School graduating senior Jacob Lemlin, but in reality, it began the moment he started his freshman year of high school.

Lemlin has always aspired to go to West Point, and on Jan. 21 of this year, he received his acceptance letter.

Inspired by his uncle’s career in the Army, Lemlin wanted to follow in his footsteps.

“My uncle was a huge influence on me, and I always wanted to serve the country. I wanted to lead, and I felt West Point was my best option for becoming a good leader,” Lemlin said.

On June 6, Lemlin joined several other students who will be attending various service academies at an event in Shelby Township where U.S. Rep. Candice Miller congratulated the students.

“They are truly some of Michigan’s best and brightest, and with them at the helm, the future of our great nation has never looked more promising,” Miller said.

Lemlin will graduate from Dakota summa cum laude with a 3.99 GPA and as a member of the school’s National Honor Society.

He also actively volunteers at St. Ronald’s Catholic Church in Clinton Township, and he was selected to be a captain of Dakota’s track and field team this spring. Lemlin threw shot put and discus for the Cougars, and placed fourth in shot put at the Macomb County Championship meet.

In addition to Lemlin, six other students were honored by Miller. Lutheran North’s James Niemeyer, of Ray Township, will also be heading to West Point, along with Patrick Sutherland, of Carsonville.

Alexander Yeiser, of Chesterfield Township, will attend the U.S. Naval Academy, and Alexander Stoyka, also of Chesterfield Towship and a De La Salle graduate, will join the Merchant Marine Academy.

Rita Koenigbauer, of Ira Township, is heading to the U.S. Air Force Academy, along with Stephen Ramsey, of Avoca.