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All eyes were on Colten Hoo as he walked up to the stage during Miramar Somerset Academy’s commencement ceremony. Colten is not only graduating from high school, he’s set to represent South Florida at the country’s most elite military institution, West Point.
“It is amazing that I get the honor of being accepted to West Point,” he mentioned.
West Point admissions is extremely selective with an acceptance rate of 12%. Students that get into West Point have an average SAT score between 1160-1380. West Point also requires that applicants receive a nomination to attend. You can get either a congressional nomination or a service-connected nomination.
Colten’s recommendation to West Point came from U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “[I have] the awesome responsibility of knowing that I am sending an individual who has decided to dedicate their life, not just to public service, but defending our nation and potentially laying down their life in defense of our nation,” she mentioned.
West Point has a unique mission among colleges and universities: it's not only trying to educate students at the highest levels possible, it's also preparing students to serve in the United States military after graduation.
Colten begins at West Point in the fall.