“It's an amazing, proud moment for the kids and their families,” he said. “They've worked hard, and this is the fruit of their labors.”
The academy, at West Point, N.Y., has been in operation more than 200 years and produced many military leaders and two presidents, Ulysses S. Grant and Dwight Eisenhower.
“It's very humbling to be attending an institution that has been home to presidents and generals,” Reape said.
Gaining acceptance into a military academy has long been a goal for both students.
Reape said he started looking toward West Point as an eighth-grader.
Cobb, who also sought acceptance into the Air Force Academy, participates in cross country and lacrosse as a club sport.
Reape has been on the track team and also ran cross country.