Four Graduating Lamar Students Accepted To West Point
Four students from Lamar High School have been accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point. An acceptance presentation was conducted at Lamar by West Point representative Col. Mike Jackson to welcome Kaitlyn Pennington-Hill, Joseph Devine, Steven Erzinger and Andrew Beltran. Principal James McSwain, Lamar’s JROTC director Lt. Col. David, West Point graduate (Class of 1999) Johnny Goff and Bronson Woods, a representative from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee’s office, spoke.
Pennington-Hill earned a 4.3 GPA and graduated 75th out of 822 seniors. She was nominated by Lee and was recruited to run track for Army. Pennington-Hill was a magnet student at Lamar, and ran track for four years. She would like to become a medical doctor. “I’m very honored and blessed to have such a great opportunity to attend West Point,” said Pennington-Hill.
Joseph Devine was nominated by Congressman John Culberson and was recruited to run track for Army. Devine earned his pilot license at the age of 17 and is captain of the wrestling team. After graduating from West Point, he plans to be pilot in the Army.
“Through this experience, I have learned that anything is possible,” said Devine.
Steven Erzinger was recruited to play football for Army as an outside linebacker. He was nominated by Senator John Cornyn. Erzinger earned a 3.67 at Lamar and will major in operations research. “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to attend West Point,” said Erzinger.
Andrew Beltran will attend West Point in one year after he attends the U.S. Military Prep School. He was appointed by Congressman Gene Green. “A little determination goes a long way and West Point can become a reality with discipline and determination,” said Beltran