West Campus senior headed to prestigious West Point
After successfully completing an arduous application process that included securing a nomination from a Congressional representative, West Campus High School senior Austin Updegraff has been accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point.
The process for admittance to one of the U.S. military academies is extremely difficult to navigate: Students must be nominated for consideration by the President, the Vice President, a Congressional Representative or a U.S. Senator.
This year, Congresswoman Doris Matsui named Updegraff as her primary nominee for West Point, which allowed him to go through a rigorous process that included an application, essays and an interview.
From the 15,000 applications that West Point accepts as complete, 1,200 freshmen are selected to attend. Updegraff was one of them. He was also accepted to UC Berkeley, UC Davis, the University of the Pacific, Santa Clara University and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. As a West Point cadet, Updegraff’s tuition, room, board and all expenses will be paid by the Army for all four years.
Updegraff is an Eagle Scout, the piano player in the West Campus Blues and an athlete (football, wrestling, rugby). He will graduate with a 4.0 grade point average.
Updegraff’s father, Dennis, credits his son’s education at West Campus with helping his son acquire the skills needed to get into West Point.
“I can’t say enough great things about West Campus,” says Dennis Updegraff. “It’s awesome.”