When Nick Lee graduates from Leland High School in San Jose, California, the school will not only be saying “goodbye” to a multi-letterman athlete, they will be saying “hello” to their newest West Point cadet.
Nick has known since junior high school that he wanted to go to United States Military Academy at West Point.
Unless one wins the lottery, dreams, goals and aspirations are usually realized through hard work; Nick’s dream was no exception.
Nick has played football, lacrosse and wrestled competitively throughout high school and has been captain for his teams as well.
Currently holding offices in the National Honor Society and UNICEF, Nick is also a member of the Leland High School Key Club.
Nick has been involved with the San Jose Leadership Academy and did an unpaid internship at Services for Brain Injury.
Interestingly enough, research into the Army’s prestigious military academy piqued Nick’s curiosity into what the Naval Academy, might have to offer.
Last summer he attended the Naval Academy’s Summer Seminar in Annapolis, Maryland, as well as West Point’s Summer Leaders’ Seminar in West Point, New York.
It was shortly after returning from those leadership conferences that he began the application process to both academies.
For admission to either academy, applicants must apply directly to the academy and also receive a nomination. Nick received his nomination through the office of Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, Democrat, California District 16.
In an unlikely twist of timing, Nick received notification that he was accepted to both schools on the same day! Excitement turned serious as Nick was faced with making the decision of a lifetime.
Would he make the move across the United States to attend the United States Naval Academy in Maryland, or follow his initial goal of going to the United States Military Academy in West Point?
Nick’s mom and dad attended UCLA and Oregon State University, respectively, and since neither of them came from a military background, they didn’t sway Nick in either direction. The decision was his to make.
For Nick, the choice was clear; he wanted to be a solider.
Nick Lee will report to the United States Military Academy on June 27.
Examiner’s Note: Guided by its timeless motto, Duty, Honor, Country, West Point, the United States Military Academy refers to its cadets as “officers in training.”
Tuition for cadets is fully funded by the Army in exchange for an active duty service obligation upon graduation. Graduates enter the Army as Second Lieutenants.
Four current graduates and two former faculty members of the United States Military Academy are members of the 111th Congress.