EDMOND — Academic excellence is paying off for two Edmond North High School seniors who have been accepted into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Daniel Reape, 18, and Wayne Cobb, 17, are the latest scholarship recipients for North and its Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program, which gives both young men a four-year scholarship worth an estimated $400,000.
“I'm truly honored for the opportunity to serve my country,” Reape said.
“I'm blown away and honored,” Cobb said Thursday.
The acceptance is even more of an honor, said Lt. Col. Lester P. Tucker, senior aerospace science instructor, because federal budget cuts caused the next cadet class to be trimmed from 1,200 to 900 students.
Tucker, in his 15th year at North, said both young men are examples of what they teach at North.
“We tell all the students life is about choices and making responsible ones,” Tucker said. “We're not here to get them into the military. We're here to make sure they make it to college.”