Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Youth

January 31, 2014

Students can experience West Point

About 1,000 current high school juniors from throughout the United States will be accepted into one of two sessions for the annual Summer Leaders Experience at the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

The first session will take place June 7-13, and the second is June 14-20, reports Capt. Nate LaMar, military academy liaison officer for east central and southeastern Indiana.

The summer program consists of academics, in which participants can choose from among mini-courses in science, mathematics, engineering, humanities, modern languages and psychology; daily military training to include physical training, weapons familiarization, obstacle courses and a leadership reaction course; and athletic and social activities. All participants stay in cadet barracks, and meals are in the Cadet Mess Hall. Students must pay their own travel expenses, plus a registration fee of $400 to pay for food, workshop materials and West Point apparel.

Applicants should meet this criteria:

• PSAT scores of 60 or higher in most categories; SAT scores of 600 of higher in most categories; and/or ACT scores of 28 or higher in most categories;

• Demonstrated leadership abilities, such as offices held in extracurricular organizations; and

• Athletic ability, to include both endurance and strength.

Those interested in applying can contact LaMar at NateLaMar@cs.com by March 1.

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