Naval Academy, West Point pay a friendly visit

WARREN, Mich. – Alex Yeiser and James Niemeyer made a pact in middle school. The lifelong friends and former classmates at Immaculate Conception in Ira agreed to join one of the nation’s esteemed military academies together.

While both will graduate from a military academy in the spring, the pair will do so at different ceremonies. Yeiser graduated from De La Salle Collegiate in 2016, and now is a senior midshipman in the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Niemeyer is a senior cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, who attended Lutheran North.

The two friends are home for the Thanksgiving holiday. But like their prep and college paths, they couldn’t connect on their visits to De La Salle this week.

Both were at De La Salle as ambassadors for their respective academies.

“I wish we would have been able to arrange our visits on the same day,” said Yeiser, who used the return to his alma mater on Monday to speak with students about the advantages of seeking an appointment to the Naval Academy.

Niemeyer spoke to De La Salle students in the Commons during Tuesday’s Power Hour.

Yeiser is an Admiral Frank Bowman Scholar, majoring in Robotics and Control Engineering. Bowman Scholars participate in a tailored research internship during one of the summer training blocks preceding first-class year and participate in a special research-based learning opportunity during their last year as a midshipman. During the first year of commissioned service after graduation from Annapolis, Bowman Scholars are likely offered an immediate, one-year graduate education experience at the Naval Postgraduate School, resulting in a master’s degree in a technical discipline.

Yeiser will graduate in May. He’ll more than likely be assigned to a nuclear submarine. Niemeyer will graduate this spring, too. He is majoring in economics and mathematics with a minor in cyber security. He will be assigned to flight school where he will learn to fly helicopters.

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