Seven years of hard work has paid off for Whitney High School senior Luke Anaya, who has been accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Anaya, 17, of Lincoln is one of the 1,200 "new cadets" selected for the West Point Class of 2017 out of a pool of more than 15,000 applicants. The more than 200-year-old Military Academy has produced many leaders, including two presidents.
Candidates for the United States Military Academy must complete a rigorous application process in which they are evaluated based on grades, leadership potential, athletics and extra-curricular activities. Candidates must even obtain a nomination from a member of Congress.
Anaya will graduate from Whitney High School this June as the commander of his JROTC Unit and National Honor Society secretary. He also earned a varsity letter in cross country and is a valedictorian of his class.
In exchange for an estimated $400,000 education, cadets are required to serve for eight years in the U.S. Army upon graduation. Anaya seeks to make a career out of the military in the Army Special Forces.