Five Benet Students Get into Military Academies

By Boerema, Amy | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), April 30, 2004 | Go to article overview

Five Benet Students Get into Military Academies


Boerema, Amy, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Amy Boerema Daily Herald Staff Writer

Derek Meyer fell in love with aviation while riding his Big Wheel one day and staring, fascinated, at a formation of planes in the vast Arizona sky.

It's the Benet Academy student's first memory, and one that has inspired a career in the military.

"Every time I see airplanes, I see that," said the Lisle resident, who grew up near an Air Force base in Tucson. "I was in utter amazement."

Meyer will head to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., next year, one of five Benet students who were appointed to spots this year in service academies.

John Case of Naperville and Scott Kasper of Westmont were accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

Meanwhile, Nicholas Clouse of Plainfield and James Marek of Oak Brook are bound for the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

One or two Benet students a year usually go to a service academy, school officials said.

"Considering how difficult it is to get in, and how long the process is, that five got appointments is pretty impressive," senior counselor Amy Gerdes said.

To get an idea of how competitive the schools are, about 12,000 students apply yearly to the U.S. Military Academy, with only about 1,200 getting in. Applicants usually have to be nominated by a senator or congressman.

The students, who plan to study history or engineering, earned full scholarships and will be paid monthly stipends. After graduation, they will be commissioned military officers. …

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