Two Danbury High School students have accepted official appointments to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point. Joseph Waldron and Michael Halas were presented with their appointments at last week's Board of Education meeting by Major Nancy Bates.
West Point has an eight percent acceptance rate. Major Bates said it's extremely unusual for any school in the nation to have two students appointed in the same year. She called it a testament to the quality of the education and leadership that Danbury High School provides its students.
Waldron said he knew as a freshman that he wanted to go to West Point. Halas was scouted for attendance. Both men had grandparents in the service.
Each cadet receives a fully funded four-year scholarship that includes uniforms, health coverage, monthly salary, tuition, development opportunities, and room and board. Each cadet commits to five years’ service as a second lieutenant upon graduation followed by three years in the reserves.