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Four Students From West Orange High Accepted To West Point

Wes Rideau-Winds, Vanessa Letman, Andrew Amoyaw, Joe Farro, and Colin Morgan. Farro plans to enlist in the Army following graduation.
Wes Rideau-Winds, Vanessa Letman, Andrew Amoyaw, Joe Farro, and Colin Morgan. Farro plans to enlist in the Army following graduation. Photo Credit: West Orange public schools

Four students from West Orange High School have been accepted to the West Point United States Military Academy, a record number for the high school, the district said

That group includes Vanessa Letman, the first female West Orange High School student ever to be accepted into the U.S. Army's service academy.  

Letman's admission is not quite official -- her appointment is conditional based on results from a medical exam. Letman was hurt in a soccer game and needed ACL reconstructive surgery. Under new guidelines, Letman must undergo a 12-month recovery period prior to entering the academy, whose academic year starts in July. 

In the meantime, Letman will attend the United States Military Academy Preparatory School (USMAPS) at West Point, giving her time to recover from the injury. 

“I am honored to be attending West Point, one of the most prestigious institutions in the country," said Letman.

In addition to Letman, three other top students will attend. Colin Morgan, whose brother Chris will graduate from West Point in 2016, will head directly to the Academy along with Wes Rideau-Winds. Andrew Amoyaw will also attend the Prep School for a year along with Letman before heading to the Academy.

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