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Applebaum, Wil

C/SGT Wil Applebaum, Son of Sue and Scott Applebaum of Mendota Heights, MN - Squad
leader for 3rd Squad, 2nd Platoon, D Company. Swim Captain, Spanish Club Captain,
NASA WEAR National Finalist, Nasa Rover Challenge International Finalist, Eagle Award
every year attended (x2), US Army Warrant Officer Association Award for Leadership;
Member of the Experimental Vehicle Team, Drone Racing Team, Cadence, Yearbook, Peer
Mentors, & Cribbage Club. No plans on specific schools to attend, but plan on studying
engineering or digital arts.

Balfour, Oliver

C/SSG Oliver Balfour, son of Holly and Carter Balfour of St. Paul, MN - Platoon Sergeant
for 2nd Platoon, Band Company. Junior Captain for Cross Country, Band Section Leader,
Member of the Golf Team, Model UN, Mock Trial, Jazz Band, Peer Mentor, CHOOSE.
College plans include applications to Wake Forest University and Villanova University to
study economics and political science.

Berg, Oscar

C/2LT Oscar B. Berg, son of Jennifer and Paul Berg (class of 81) of Mendota Heights, MN -
Platoon leader for Alpha Company Second platoon. All-Conference Football player 2019
and State runner-up 2018-2019, Lacrosse Face-off, Specialist, Junior Captain for Curling
Team, Peer Mentor, & CHOOSE Member.

Dvorak, Lucas

C/SGT Lucas R. Dvorak. Son of Tom and Ann Dvorak of St. Paul, MN- Squad Leader of
4th Squad, 2nd Platoon, E Company- Saristan at Nativity of our Lord Catholic Church and
participant in Regional History Day- Member of Peer Mentor, Right to Life Club,
Entrepreneurship Club, Spanish Club, Boxing Club, and Junior Achievement. An athlete in
Basketball, Baseball, and Trap and Skeet. College plans include applications to the
University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of San Diego, and Gonzaga University to study
Business and Finance.

Gaylord, John

C/SGT John Gaylord, son of Shannon and Joe Gaylord of St. Paul, MN - Squad leader for
1st Squad, 2nd Platoon, E Company. Member of the Varsity Soccer Team, 4 time Saber
Award recipient, Peer Mentor and Sophomore Class Student Council Representative.
College plans include applications to Gonzaga University and Marquette University to study
business and entrepreneurship.

Goblisch, Brian

C/SFC Brian D. Goblisch, Son of Mark and Sharon of Mendota Heights, MN - Platoon
Sergeant for 3rd Platoon, Echo Company. Member of the varsity football and lacrosse
teams. Participates in the Peer Mentors and the Respect Life Club. Has won two eagle and
sabre awards. College plans undecided.

Grismer, John

C/SGT John R. Grismer, son of Christine and Kyle Grismer of Woodbury, MN - Squad
leader for 2nd Squad, 1st Platoon, Echo Company. Captain of the Basketball team, Section
Runner-Up 2019; Member of Lincoln Society, Peer Mentor, Respect Life Club,
Entrepreneurship Club, and Citation. College plans are applying to UW Madison, Notre
Dame, and the University of Minnesota to study either Kinesiology or Business Marketing.

Hoppe, Will

C/SSG William Hoppe, son of Jean and Bruce Hoppe of Saint Paul, MN - Platoon Sergeant
for 1st Platoon, Band Company. Band Section Leader, Spanish Club Captain, NASA
WEAR National Finalist, NASA Rover Challenge International Finalist, Eagle Award every
year attended (x2), Commandant’s Achievement Award; Member of Cross Country Team,
Experimental Vehicle Team, Music Ministry, Cadence, & Jazz Band. College plans include
application to Notre Dame, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Wisconsin Madison to
study computer science and music composition.

Horst, Nick

C/2LT Nicholas H. Horst, son of Bradley and Kathleen Horst of Eagan, MN - Platoon
Leader for 2nd Platoon, Band Company. Student Producer for VISTA Theatre, Co-Captain
of the Boxing Club, Band Section Leader, Torch Award Recipient, Saber Award Recipient,
Spotlight Outstanding Performance Award Recipient (x2); Member of the Experimental
Vehicle Team, Peer Mentorship, Cadence, Spanish Club, Music Ministry, and Jazz Band.
College plans include application to Stanford, University of Southern California, Carnegie
Mellon, and University of Minnesota to study Computer Science and Game Design.

Kotok, Simon

C/SFC Simon Kotok, son of Susan and Larry Kotok of Eden Prairie, MN- Platoon sergeant
for 2nd Platoon, Honor Guard. Member of Football, Swimming, Baseball, Model UN,
Spanish Club, Lincoln Society, Student Council, and Respect for Life Club. College plans
include application to United States Military Academy, United States Naval Academy, and
Air Force Academy.

McFadden, Danny

C/2LT Danny R. McFadden, Son of Michael and Mary Kate of Sunfish Lake, MN - Platoon
Leader for 2nd Platoon, Echo Company. Member of the Varsity football team, all-district,
District Player of the Year; Member of the Varsity lacrosse team, two year starter. Member
of both the Peer Mentors and the Lincoln Society. College Plans are undecided.

McGill, Aidan

C/SGT Aidan J. McGill, son of Kevin and Sheila McGill of Saint Paul, MN - Squad leader for
4th Squad, 2nd Platoon, C Company. Junior Captain for Soccer, All-Conference HM 2018,
All-Conference 2019; Captain of the NASA HUNCH program 2019; President of the
Cribbage Club; Member of the Spanish Club, CHOOSE, Peer Mentors, Yearbook, Ping
Pong Club, and the Respect for Life Club. College plans include an application to the
University of Saint Thomas to study actuarial sciences.

Middleton, Joe

C/SGT Joseph W. Middleton; Son of Tricia and Paul Middleton of St. Paul, MN; Squad
leader, 3rd squad, 3rd platoon, Echo Company. I am a recipient of the Faculty Award and
Outstanding Achievement Military Award; A member of the STA Soccer, Baseball, and
Junior Gold Hockey team, as well as the Entrepreneurship Club and Curling Club. My
college plans include applying to University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Minnesota,
Marquette University, St John’s University and additional Midwest colleges and pursuing a
college degree in Business and Marketing.

Reding, Baker

C/2LT H. Baker Reding, son of Francie and Andy Reding of St. Paul, MN - Platoon leader
for 3rd Platoon, F Company. Cadet of the Quarter and Superior Cadet Award. Captain of
the Lacrosse team All-Section/All-Conference/All-State 2019, quarterback on the football
team, Model UN, Peer Mentor, Spanish Club, & Lincoln Society. College plans include
playing Division I lacrosse at a top-tier institution and studying biology.

Schwab, John

C/SGT John E. Schwab, Son of Mary and Gregory Schwab of Saint Paul, MN. Squad
Leader for 4th Squad, 1st Platoon, E Company. Recipient of two Eagle awards.; Member of
the Varsity Lacrosse Team, Junior Gold Hockey Team, Spanish Club, and Peer Mentors.
My College plans include studying Finance or Engineering.

Sexton, Jack

C/1SG John R. Sexton, son of Judith Lee Case and Michael Patrick Sexton of Edina, MN - First Sergeant for the Honor Guard. Member of the Cross Country Team, All-Conference and Mr. Cross Country, Golf Team, All-Conference Honorable Mention, and Junior Gold B; Member of Cadence, the Citation, Peer Mentors, CHOOSE, and Model UN, and have currently raised 5,500 dollars for the MS Walk Twin Cities. College aspirations include applications to the United States Military and Naval Academies, The University of Notre Dame, and the University of Boston College to study engineering and medicine.

Smith, Jamie

C/SGT Jamie E. Smith(JR), son of Jamie(SR) and Christine Smith of Woodbury, MN -
Squad leader for 2nd Squad, 2nd Platoon, D Company. Junior Captain for Basketball,
Football All district 2019; Member of the Peer Mentors & Football team. College plans
include studying software engineering and computer science.

Solliday, Garrison

C/SFC Garrison Solliday, Son of Scott and Trish Solliday of Inver Grove Heights, MN
Platoon sergeant of F company third platoon. Sophomore captain for wrestling and senior
captain for the Football teams as well as member of peer mentoring. All State defensive
line 2019 football, as well as All State 3rd place finisher in wrestling. I plan to play football in
college hopefully at the Division 1 level.

Wright, Jared

C/CPL Jared J. Wright, son of Cheryl and Tyrone Wright of Apple Valley, MN - Squad
leader for 2nd squad, 3rd Platoon, C Company. Member of the Saint Thomas Academy
varsity hockey team in 2018 and 2019; MSHSL State Hockey Tournament participant in
2019 and 2020; Church of the Risen Savior catechist and volunteer. College plans include
applications to the United States Airforce Academy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and
the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis to study biomedical engineering and hopefully play
college hockey.

Young, Jordan

C/SGT Jordan Young, son of Anu and Darren Young of Eagan, MN - Squad leader for 1st
Squad, 2nd Platoon, D Company. Headmaster's Award (x4), Eagle Award (x4), Superior
Performance Medal, All-Conference Track (x2), Chess Club Captain, Baseball Rookie of
the Year, Baseball Section Champion, Baseball State Champion; Member of the Baseball
Team, Model UN, Citation, Peer Mentors, Chess Club, CHOOSE, Chinese Club, Math
Team, Lincoln Society, Respect Life Club, Yearbook, Track Team, and Basketball Team.
College plans include applications to the United States Military, Naval, and Air Force
Academies, as well as applications to Duke, Rice, Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, and Notre
Dame to study aerospace engineering, cell & molecular biology, and/or applied
econometrics.

Commandant of Cadets

Col. Neil Hetherington, U.S. Army (ret.)
Advanced Military Leadership 4 Instructor
STA teacher since 2018
651-683-1555 x 1336 and
nhetherington@cadets.com

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Military Instructor - Seniors

Master Gunnery Sergeant, USMC (Ret)
STA Teacher since 2020
nconstine@cadets.com
651-683-1555 x 1317

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Military Instructor - Freshmen

CW4 Paul Preblich, U.S. Army (ret.)
STA teacher since 2003
651-683-1555 x 1329 and
ppreblich@cadets.com

Military Instructor - Sophomores

Lt. Colonel, USAF (Ret) 
STA Teacher since 2020
dlockhart@cadets.com
651-683-1555 x 1335

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Military Instructor - Juniors

CW3 Kimberly Friede, U.S. Army (ret.)
STA teacher since 2006
651-683-1555 x 1337 
kfriede@cadets.com

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