CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Farwell’s Briana Anglin will be attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in the fall.
By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer
Spurred by a sense of patriotism instilled by her parents and a love for a challenge, Farwell’s Briana Anglin will be attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
At 13, Anglin set her goal to attend a military academy after attending a recruiting fair with her family, where she heard lectures about cadet life and spoke with some of the recruiters.
“It really intrigued me, so I started looking a lot more into it,” said Anglin, one of the 26 students graduating May 30 from Farwell High School. “Honestly, I love a challenge. I love doing anything that anybody throws at me that people don’t think I can do.”
Entrance into the U.S. Military Academy is based on academics, leadership skills and athletics, according to the academy’s Web site. Applicants must also be nominated by a Congressman and have a minimum SAT score of 1200 for acceptance, according to the Web site.
Anglin said she scored a 1320 on her SAT and has a 3.91 graduating grade-point average. She served as student council president and vice president of the National Honor Society at Farwell. She also played basketball and golf, when she wasn’t running track, cross country or attending classes at Clovis Community College.
Farwell counselor Hayley Christian said Anglin’s determination sets her apart.
“She is an outstanding young lady. She has taken care of 99 percent of the paperwork and all of the things it takes to get in on her own,” Christian said. “There is no reason she would not be successful.”
Anglin also considered the Air Force Academy before deciding on West Point.
“They are great schools, all of them are,” Anglin said. “It gave me an opportunity to mesh together everything that is important in my life. I love my country, I love sports, my academics are very important to me, and the structure as far as the military goes intrigued me. I felt the Army and West Point was just a better fit,” she said.
She describes herself and her family as patriotic. She said her father, Mark Anglin, who volunteered to return to the Marine Corps to serve in Desert Storm after he retired, inspired her patriotism the most.
“We don’t run around waving flags or anything, but we have always talked about the duty you owe your country and how lucky we are to live here,” said Mark Anglin, the head football coach at Farwell. “I have never pushed my children in the area. Briana is an intelligent young lady and her decisions are her decisions. She is not one to be swayed by other’s opinions.”
Briana Anglin said the war in Iraq has influenced her feelings about attending West Point.
“It (the war) made me feel like I had more of an obligation. It made me feel like there is something that needs to be done as far as serving my country. It’s not about whether we support what is going on in the war, it is about supporting our soldiers. It made me want it more,”
According to the United States Military Academy Web site:
• 1200 new cadets enter West Point each year from all 50 U.S. states and several foreign countries.
• 15 percent of the West Point cadets are women.