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Nick Hulm shows classmate Justin Heuer the placement of U.S. Army uniform patches during a recent Junior ROTC class at West Fargo High School. David Samson/The Forum

Hulm heading to West Point

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Nick Hulm takes his role in Junior ROTC very seriously, and it is reflected in how he conducts himself in class, during uniform inspection, and as he leads his fellow cadets through drill formations. The disciplined training he has diligently worked so hard to master during his four-year involvement with JROTC has paid off.

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The West Fargo High School senior received a notification on January 15, that he has been accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point in New York. Hulm submitted an academic application to West Point in October, and was nominated by Sen. Byron Dorgan for an appointment to the academy.

"I've wanted this since I was twelve years old," Hulm said.

Born in Fargo, Hulm moved with his family to the state of Washington when he was six, then moved back here in seventh grade. He enrolled in the JROTC program at West Fargo High School his freshman year, and has become the most decorated cadet in his battalion, moving up the ranks quickly.

"He's well organized and conscientious about everything he does," commended Major Chris Sjue.

West Point is situated 50 miles north of New York City overlooking the Hudson River. Approximately 1,000 cadets graduate from West Point each spring and are commissioned as second lieutenants. Tuition is fully funded by the army in exchange for the cadets' active duty service obligation upon graduation.

Travel arrangements have already been made for Hulm to fly to New York on June 28th, with Reception Day on June 29th, marking the beginning of his cadet basic training.

"I'm government property the minute I sign. They can inspect my room anytime, or myself," Hulm said.

His class rank, which will determine his army branch and assignment when he graduates from West Point, will be calculated from a combination of his academic performance, military leadership, physical fitness, and athletic performance. Cadets are not referred to as freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Incoming students are identified as fourth class cadets, and move up in rank to third class, second class, and first class cadets. They follow a rigorous four-year curriculum incorporating high academic standards along with military, physical, moral, and ethical training.

As an Army JROTC cadet, Hulm has pledged to conduct himself in a way that brings credit to his family, country, school, and corps of cadets. Part of the JROTC creed states, "I do not lie, cheat, or steal and will always be accountable for my actions and deeds." That code of ethics will follow him as he attends West Point.

West Fargo JROTC instructors Major Sjue and Command Sergeant Major Joel Komrosky are confident that Hulm will do well at West Point.

"He's a great kid. He takes charge and the other cadets follow his lead," CSM Komrosky said.

Hulm is the son of Randy and Kim Hulm, of West Fargo, and Angie Vos, who lives in Washington.

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