There are three factors Springfield High School Senior, Justin McLemore, wants in his post secondary education: a school that will challenge him academically, mentally, and physically every day. After graduation in June, McLemore is heading to the United States Military Academy at West Point.
“I chose West Point in particular because I am a big lover of history and you always hear, especially in the Civil War, West Point mentioned over and over again,” he said.
McLemore is one of only 1,200 applicants from a pool of over 15,000 nationwide to be accepted. He worked on the application process to West Point for almost a year, which also required receiving a Congressional Nomination. To earn this, he had to complete a separate application and interview. McLemore received his Congressional Nomination from Congressman Bill Johnson. Furthermore, McLemore also had to be qualified academically, medically, and physically according to West Point’s standards.
“Academics are very important to me and I have tried to prepare myself in a way for the rigorousness of the academics at a service academy by taking advanced classes here at Springfield,” he said.
Besides being a standout student and athlete, McLemore also serves his community as an Eagle Scout, a delegate to the American Legion Buckeye Boys State and as a member of the National Honor Society at Springfield Local High School. He’s considering majoring in history during his four years at West Point. When he graduates from West Point, he will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and will serve in the army for five years.
“I have definitely had a lot of support from the faculty here and the students. I think without them it would have been a lot more difficult to get in,” said McLemore.