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Local students headed military academies

By Mike LaCrosse

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) - On Sunday, nine Western Massachusetts students got the official word that about their academy appointments at Westover Air Reserve Base.

Current high school students and their parents were also at Sunday’s Academy Day to learn about how they can get into one the country’s service academies.

Congressmen Richard Neal and his staff oversee the nominations for the Second Congressional District.

“It’s wildly competitive. I can’t tell you how much competition goes into this process. We begin to hear from these students during their junior year of high school,” said Neal.

Neal’s staff looks for candidates with high grade point averages, good S.A.T. scores and commitment to the community.

Greg Baker will be heading to West Point in the fall. His advice to students thinking about starting the application process is to never give up.

“You never know if you could have done it. Just go for it even if you don’t like it you can found out after,” said Baker.

Sunday students thinking about applying to one of the military academies had the chance to meet with Congressmen Neal’s staff to see how they begin the process of being nominated.

Students looking for a nomination to attend a military academy should contact their congressional representative.