WWVA Graduate Accepted into West Point

November 01, 2010 | Katie Woolever

While pouring through some of his grandfather's old books, Andrew Scott began cultivating an interest in attending the prestigious military academy at West Point during the summer between his sophomore and junior years at Walla Walla Valley Academy. This interest led him to attend West Point's Summer Leadership Seminar, a program designed to give high school juniors a feel for the program.

"He's a great kid and a well-rounded student," says Keith Wells, WWVA academic vice president. "He was concert master of the orchestra, captain of the basketball team and an amazing candidate for West Point."

Once Scott decided West Point was the place for him, he still needed the recommendation of a high-ranking government official to be considered for admission. After submitting an essay and being interviewed by a panel of six retired military officers, Scott was selected by Washington Senator Kathy McMorris Rogers as one of her three West Point nominations. Scott was accepted to the program and reported for classes June 28.

Scott says, "The four years I spent at WWVA gave me the academic preparation, confidence, and ability to pursue further education at any college institution in the country. Furthermore, my time at WWVA helped me develop my personal, spiritual relationship with God so that I always stay close to Him, no matter where life takes me. WWVA gave me the well-rounded education that is required to succeed at a school like West Point."