MADERA COUNTY – One student from Minarets High School and another from Madera High School have been accepted to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point.
On June 9, during the meeting of the Madera County Board of Supervisors, the board will recognize Grant Hall and Christopher Reiping for this outstanding achievement.
Representatives from both state and federal legislators and local military organizations will also be in attendance to congratulate these graduating seniors on their remarkable accomplishments.
Grant Hall is graduating from Minarets High and Christopher Reiping from Madera High. Both students are valedictorians from their respective high schools and are actively engaged in extracurricular activities on campus and in the community.
The application to West Point is an intensive process that starts in the student’s junior year of high school. Applicable students must not only excel academically, but must pass stringent medical and physical examination standards as well. In addition, they must be nominated from an approved source, such as a member of Congress.
Only 1,200 of the more than 15,000 applicants were accepted for admission this year. Hall and Reiping were nominated by Congressmen Costa and McClintock respectively, and are the first students from Madera County in many years to be accepted immediately upon graduation.
The Board of Supervisors meeting will be Tuesday, June 9, at 9:30 a.m. in the first floor Board Chambers of the County Government Center at 200 West Fourth Street in Madera.
The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.