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George Washington Student Chosen to Attend West Point

Reported: Apr. 21, 2014 2:10 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 21, 2014 2:30 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON W.Va (Fallon Pierson) -- In front of friends and family, George Washington seniors getting scholarships signed those commitments on Monday.

Emma Hanna is part of the group. She has been selected to attend West Point.

"A little bit of nerves, but mainly excited. Obviously, it's a little bit unusual to be going into an experience like this," Hanna said.

West Point is known for its rigorous and challenging program and studies. The school is also very selective in choosing its students.

Hanna said about 15,000 people apply for the academy every year, with only about 1,000 making the cut.

Of those chosen, only about 15 percent are women, making Hanna even more of a rarity among her peers.

Hanna said the application process itself is a complicated journey.

"In the beginning, you have to have recommendations from your teachers and you have to get all your transcripts. You go through medical clearance. You go through fitness training. You have to pass a fitness test. In addition for your application for the academy, you also have to apply for a nomination from your congressional representatives. So, with that, it's three separate applications that include essays and interviews," she said.

In addition to Hanna, other ROTC members are getting ready for their future. Most of them are going into the West Virginia National Guard.

West Virginia Adjutant Gen. James Hoyer said he is proud of all of these young people.

"A lot of these kids, I knew while they were growing up," Hoyer said. "So, it's a really unique experience for me."

Hanna's scholarship is worth $350,000.

Another ROTC member -- Chris Kay -- has been chosen to the attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.



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