I graduated from Manistee High School in 2009, where I competed in multiple varsity sports, and it was because of athletics that the door opened for me to attend The United States Military Academy at West Point. I am currently a member of the Black Knights track and field team, where I compete in the high jump and long jump. Track has allowed my time at the Academy to be smoother than most cadets, because it allows me to have an outlet to compete collegiately in a sport that I have grown to love. However, I am first and foremost a student on track to become a commissioned officer in the United States Army this May 2013. I will be receiving a bachelors of science degree in business management with a track in systems engineering.
West Point has provided me with incredible experiences during the past three and a half years that I have been a cadet. I was given the opportunity to earn my wings by attending Air Assault School, as well a three week training exercise in Hawaii. During the summer, I was given the privilege to travel to China, and intern at the F.B.I. Academy in Quantico, Virginia. I have witnessed The President of the United States address the nation, the Secretary of Defense speak to the Corps of Cadets, and the Chief of Staff of the Army directly engage my graduating class. For these opportunities I give my praise to God, for his blessings have fallen unto me.
The 48 month journey at the Academy is one that forces every individual to fail. It is from this failure that resiliency is built. As a cadet, you become accustomed to stress at every level, which is purposely designed. The harsh environment allows leaders of character to be developed; a development aimed at providing our country officers that will lead its sons and daughters in combat. Through the words of Duty, Honor, Country, graduates of the long grey line will live, serve, and die for America’s citizens. The United States Military Academy is the single greatest establishment our country has at its disposal, and it will be an honor to be considered an Old Grad.