NC Senior Nate Ohl Receives Appointment to West Point
On January 28, 2012 Nate Ohl received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. The appointment states, “On behalf of the President of the United States of America, the Admissions Committee of the United States Military Academy takes great pleasure in announcing an APPOINTMENT to Nathanael Paul Ohl, Class of 2016,” Deborah J. McDonald, Colonel U.S. Army, Director of Admissions.
Nate’s journey to apply and be accepted to West Point began in March of 2011 during spring break, when he visited the academy and spent half of a day with a fourth class cadet (a freshman). He had to complete a rigorous application process that began in May and included being academically qualified, physically qualified and medically qualified. He was also interviewed by a former U.S. Army Officer who is a graduate of West Point. In September he received a Letter of Assurance to West Point, which stated that he would be accepted if he received a Congressional Nomination. After interviewing with committees representing Congressman Patrick Tiberi, Senator Robert Portman, and Senator Sherrod Brown, he received a nomination to West Point from both Congressman Tiberi and Senator Portman.
West Point is a top tier academic institution on the same level as Ivy League universities as well as the premier leadership institution in the world. All cadets must go through rigorous military training as well as extremely rigorous academics. The acceptance rate is approximately 10%. Following graduation, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army and must serve five years on active duty. Notable graduates of West Point include in part; Ulysses S. Grant, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas McArthur, George Patton, many astronauts, including Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Norman Schwartzkopf, David Patreaus, John G. Hayes (former president of Coca-Cola), and Michael Krzyzewski (Duke University basketball coach).
Nate stated the following, “I am honored to have been selected to attend one of our nation’s finest institutions. I am excited to experience the many challenges and opportunities which West Point has to offer.”
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