Three Members of the Prep's Class of 2010 Accepted to West Point
Friday, February 5, 2010
Posted by: Michael Graziano
St. Francis Prep proudly announced today the names of three students who have been nominated and accepted for admission into the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Kelly Derienzo, Jason Lee and Jordan Lee will be joining the ranks of approximately 130 cadets this summer.
SFP Principal, Bro. Leonard Conway, stated, "This is a remarkable accomplishment for both our students and for the faculty and staff at St. Francis Prep.”
"Only 10% of the 13,000 applicants gain admission to West Point,” said Captain Matthew Pride, the West Point representative who visited St. Francis Prep to make the presentation. Captain Pride went on to say, "This is a reflection of your dedication to how you raised your children.” He told the family members of the three soon-to-be cadets during a special ceremony at the school, "It’s also a fine reflection of the academic quality and discipline offered by St. Francis Prep.”
To gain acceptance to West Point one has to have a strong academic, leadership and physical background. These students are well-prepared because St. Francis Preparatory School’s educational philosophy is based on the "Four Golden Links” of Franciscan education, which hold that Spiritual, Intellectual, Social, and Physical values can be drawn from learning.
Throughout its history, St. Francis Prep graduates have gone on to study at many of the nation’s top academic institutions. "This is the first time in my 25 years as Principal that we have had three students accepted to West Point in one year,” said Bro. Leonard.
Particularly noteworthy is that the time in which we live did not seem to dissuade these students from rigorously seeking an appointment to West Point. Bro. Leonard remarked, "Given the state of world affairs and the prospect of one day being deployed to the Middle East, we feel the greatest sense of pride knowing that these young men and women are willing to serve their country at a time when they are needed most.”
(l-r) Sr. Barbara Coyle, Guidance Department, Maj. Matthew Pride, USMA, Jordan Lee, Kelly Derienzo, Jason Lee, Bro. Leonard Conway, Principal, Robyn Armon, Guidance Chairperson.Click here to view the entire photo gallery.