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Des Moines Twins Headed to Military Academies

  • Hunter and Cole Norris are twins and members of the 2022 graduating class at Roosevelt High School in Iowa’s Des Moines Public Schools. In the fall, they will be attending two of the nation’s top military academies.

    Hunter has accepted an appointment to the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point in New York while Cole will be a cadet at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) at Colorado Springs.

    While attending Roosevelt, Hunter was a captain of the football, wrestling and track teams as well as a leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and an Eagle Scout. Cole also served as a captain of Roosevelt’s football, wrestling and track teams and was an Eagle Scout.

    Hunter and Cole were accepted into all three military institutions – the USAFA and USMA as well as the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. It is estimated that Hunter’s military education at West Point is valued at $333,000 and Cole’s military education at the Air Force Academy is valued at $416,000. 

    The U.S. Military Academy at West Point was founded in 1802 as America's first college of engineering and its mission is to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the U.S. Army. The Air Force Academy provides the Air Force with a corps of officers dedicated to upholding the high standards of their profession and has graduated more than 50,000 officers.