B'ville alumni at West Point

B'ville schools can make a claim that not many districts nationwide can.

For the 2007-08 academic year, there was a graduate of the Baldwinsville Central school district in each of the four classes (freshman to senior) at the United States Military Academy at West Point. According to Matthew Straub, Central New York Admissions Field Representative for West Point, this is at least the third time in the last 20 years that there have been four cadets from Baker High School at West Point at one time. However, he believes that it may be the first time that all four have been in a different class year.

The students are David Richards, who graduated from West Point in May and is currently attending Signal Corps training; Ashley Rowland, who is entering her senior year; Daniel Walker, who is entering his junior year; and Jeremy Boltus, who will be a sophomore.

This is a significant accomplishment for the students as well as for the Baldwinsville Central School District. Each year about 12,000 young men and women apply for admission to West Point. Only about 1,300 are appointed for a full four-year scholarship. In order to be appointed to West Point, a student must be nominated by a member of Congress or the Department of the Army. They must also be at the top of their peer group in academics, leadership abilities and athletics.

On Aug. 4, Daniel Walker presented a plaque to Superintendent Jeanne Dangle and Board of Education President Kevin Bernstein, which he and the other three students had made to show their appreciation for the education they received as students of the district. The plaque features a photo of the students.

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