Four Cadets join the Fall Cadre of West Point

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By Adriane K. Seymour

Located at West Point, New York, the mission of the United States Military Academy, is simple and clear: “To educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country, and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the United States Army.”#

According to West Point Admissions Officer and RMA alumnus, CPT Charles H. Cook,”74,# “Over 14,000 students opened admissions files in 2010-2011. Only about 2,000 discovered they actually are qualified academically, physically, medically, and received a nomination from their state congressman and/or senator.# And of that number, this year only 1,250 received actual appointments.# Each appointed cadet receives a full, four-year college scholarship, valued in excess of $450,000.”#

This year Riverside is privileged to include three of its own in the USMA Class of 2015” C/MAJ Andrew Olson and C/MAJ Fernando Weiner from the current graduating class of 2011, and Adam Stokes “10, who graduated from the West Point Prep School in May.# Additionally, Zachary Anderson,”10, received an appointment to the United States Military Academy Preparatory School (USMAPS) with follow-on admissions to West Point”s Class of 2016.

Olson, Weiner and Stokes will join their fellow RMA Brother in Blue, Sebastian Mims, “09 and West Point class of 2014 in “The Long Gray Line”# this fall.# When Anderson joins the class of 2016 from USMAPS, Riverside will have five confirmed alumni attending West Point simultaneously.# This is an amazing accomplishment that directly speaks to the quality and excellence of Riverside”s education and the commitment of its educators and staff to each cadet!

Like these Riverside cadets, West Point”s “new cadets”# are well rounded, and at the top of their peer group in three assessment areas – academics, leadership and athletics.

Academically, the combined average math and verbal SAT scores for a typical entering class is around 1300.# In the leadership arena almost 90% of a typical class earned varsity letters in at least one sport, many are multiple varsity sport athletes, and nearly 60% were designated team captains in one or more sports.# A significant number of them were also Eagle Scouts, Gold Award winners, presidents of their class, student body, or extracurricular school or community organizations.

West Point remains among the nation”s top academic institutions and has produced more Rhodes Scholars than any other college or university in the country except Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.# It has also produced more winners of the Hertz Fellowship, the scientific equivalent of the Rhodes, than all other schools except MIT, Stanford, and Princeton.

Riverside proudly congratulates these appointed cadets, along with their parents and family members, in their unwavering dedication and personal effort in this milestone achievement!