Local student heads to West Point military academy
Caroline MacGregor May 27, 2013 | WGVU 18 year old Andy Sullivan graduated with the Forest Hills class of 2013. In July, he leaves his family home headed for the prestigious four year military academy, West Point.
School counselor Teresa Walenjus remembers Andy’s reaction when he received a phone call at school saying he’d been accepted.
The criteria to get into West Point are high. In 2012, only 9% of applicants were accepted. Candidates must excel in multiple areas: academically, athletics and in their community or church. They have to be nominated by a member of congress; for Andy it was U.S. Representative Justin Amash.
The application process is long, includes intense high school AP classes, numerous letters of recommendation and character references along with a rigorous physical test the applicant must pass.
Forest Hills Central High principal, Steve Passinault, calls Andy’s acceptance to West Point a feather in the cap for the entire community.
So what type of student makes it to one of the country’s top military schools?
“best way to put it”
Andy’s main inspiration to join the military came from his brother. The two are close and Andy looks forward to one thing in particular when he graduates West Point.
“if we’re in uniform”
As for Andy’s proud parents.
“heading off to do”
Andy says his mother is slowly accepting her two sons are headed for a life in the military.
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