Black Hills grad Cody Peterson photographed with President Obama at the White House

mwochnick@theolympian.comApril 18, 2014 

Cody Peterson (left), a 2010 Black Hills High School graduate, poses with President Barack Obama during the Commander in Chief trophy presentation at the White House for Navy football.

COURTESY PHOTO/CODY PETERSON'S INSTAGRAM

Cody Peterson, a 2010 Black Hills High School graduate, stood front and center next to President Obama during Friday's Commander in Chief's Trophy presentation at the White House.

Peterson recently finished his football eligibility at the United States Naval Academy after registering a team-high 142 tackles this past fall at linebacker.

"Meeting the leader of the free world never gets old," Peterson wrote on his Instagram account.

The Commander in Chief's Trophy represents the winner of the triangular series of the country's military academies -- Navy, Army and Air Force. Navy won the trophy for the second straight year after defeating Army, 34-7, and Air Force, 28-10. 

In three seasons at Black Hills, Peterson rushed for 5,785 yards on 858 carries with 67 touchdowns, including a single-season school record 2,138 yards as a senior, leading the Wolves to the first round of the 2A state playoffs. 

To read President Obama's full transcript of the presentation, click here

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