BISMARCK, N.D. - Shiloh Christian senior London Lambrecht is well on her way to attending a military academy next fall. She recently received a nomination to the Unites States Merchant Marine Academy from Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.
London is a three-sport athlete in cross country, basketball and track, and takes part in student council. She is driven to serve, because it's been ingrained in her from a young age, and she’s not afraid to take charge and help others.
“Service has kind of been a normality in my life and just something that almost expected of us growing up, whether it be serving in church, or the community or in the military,” London said.
A long history of military careers run in the family. London's dad, Craig, spent 30 years in the National Guard; her uncle served 35 as an aviator; her grandmother was a colonel and nurse; and her brother, Aidan, is at the Naval Academy.
“[Aiden] told me in the first couple of weeks he was there that, 'oh, you could definitely do it,'” London said. “So he gave me some confidence saying, 'oh yeah, you got this.'”
Craig says she'll be a great battle buddy because of her honesty, integrity, humility and willingness to serve.
“Those things just resonate because you've got to be part of something bigger than yourself,” Craig said.
It's not hard to tell how proud London is of her dad and how much she wants to follow the path he's paved.
“It was just always something that I wanted to be a part of and be proud of,” London said.
Craig says the pride goes both ways.
London says right now her goal is to go to medical school and become a neonatologist