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Dublin High Senior Ben Young on The United States Military Academy at West Point

December 25, 2010

by Ben Young (Dublin High School Student Body President and Class of 2011 Senior)

On the morning of December the 18th I woke up and rolled out of bed like any other Saturday morning. My brother was coming home from Florida for Christmas and I was excited to pick him up from the airport. Little did I know that this was no ordinary Saturday. I was standing in the kitchen doing the dishes when I saw the mail carrier come to the door. Instinctively I went to the door to go get the mail and there was a “priority mail” package with my name on it. At first I did not see any return address on the package, leaving me to wonder what the package contained. As I started to open the package I saw a faint stamp reading “United States Military Academy Admissions Office”, and instantaneously my heart began to pound. I tore open the package and opened the black case to read that I had received an appointment to The United States Military Academy at West Point. I could not conjure any words, but began jumping up and down shouting. Tears of joy were rolling down my face as my parents surrounded and hugged me. It truly was a dream come true.

Weeks after getting the appointment it still has not quite “sunk in”. It’s hard to believe that I really did it and am going to West Point. All throughout high school West Point has been my ultimate goal. To know that it is really going to happen is breathtaking, and I am extremely excited. The United States Military is one of the finest institutions in the world and it will be my great honor to serve alongside our nation’s extraordinary men and women to protect the freedoms that Americans enjoy. This is a great nation and I am proud to say that I will be a part of keeping America safe, but in no way could I have gotten this far by myself. I have many, many thank you’s to make, and I would like to start at home. Without my parents and their guidance I would be nothing. My parents and the rest of my family have always supported everything that I’ve done and I could not ask for a better family in the world. I also want to thank Dublin High School. With an amazing teaching staff that goes to great lengths to meet the needs of all their students, and the unmatched community support and learning environment, I have been able to succeed academically, making me a competitive candidate for West Point. Without these people helping and supporting me along this journey, I would have never made it.

I am going to miss Dublin and all my loving friends and family but I am extremely excited to begin this next new chapter in my life as a West Point cadet.

Only 15% of applicants in 2009 were accepted into West Point according to the US News and World Report.  Ben was recently profiled by Dublin Patch: Student Leadership at Dublin High: An Interview with ASB President Ben Young