Saturday, December 29, 2007

Go West, young woman (To West Point, that is)

*Angela is the daughter Dyana Beaton (Symington), 1976 Neche High School Graduate.

Angela Beaton is counting down the days.
Beaton, a senior at Red River High School in Grand Forks, recently received Sen. Byron Dorgan's, D-N.D., principal nomination to West Point, the well-known military school in New York state.
After four years of dreaming about West Point, Angela reports for duty

Angela Beaton keeps a display of pictures and things related to West Point that she put together as a ninth-grader in Grand Forks. Her dream to go there is realized as she recently found out that she's been accepted to the prestigious military academy.

"It's been about duty to her country since ninth grade," said a beaming Dyana Beaton, Angela's mother, in the family's living room. "She's been living it."

"I'm really excited," Angela said smiling.

The principal nomination means Angela will almost certainly get into the academy, provided she completes all of the required paperwork. Students receiving other nominations do not have the same assurance and have to compete in a national selection process.

"It's like a huge 'go to the front of the line' ticket that she got," said her father, Bill Beaton.

All students have to get a nomination to go to West Point, and Angela applied for nominations from Dorgan, Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D.
more at Grand Forks Herald Link.................


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