2016-05-14 / The Bullhorn

Winstead earns West Point admission, scholarship

By Phyliss Boatwright
RCS Communications Instructor

Winstead Winstead Roxboro Community School (RCS) Senior Collin Winstead will make school history this fall when he enters prep school for West Point admission.

This is the first such honor for a RCS student.

West Point Association of Graduates offers scholarships to only one percent of qualified candidates.

Winstead was one of the 35 candidates chosen nationally from a field of over 3,000 qualified applicants to receive this scholarship. He said he was honored to be chosen and was looking forward to fulfilling his dream of going to West Point.

He will leave in August for the prep school.

Roxboro Community High School Principal Darkarai Bryant said, “The decision to serve our country in the armed services is a duty that I respect more than I can put into words. My father is a retired 23-year veteran who served in the Army, so I observed the dedication and sacrifice it demands. Being accepted to West Point is no small feat. I know Collin and his parents are proud, of not only the academic focus it took for this acceptance, but also in the strength of character that comes along with this honor. RCS is proud of him as well, and we wish him the best of luck as he accepts this huge responsibility to serve.”

According to the West Point website, “The purpose of the United States Military Academy Preparatory School (USMAPS) is to prepare candidates selected by the United States Military Academy Admission’s office for the academic, physical, and military challenges of the United States Military Academy at West Point. The USMAPS, the Prep School, or West Point Prep, was formally established in 1946. The school exists as an avenue of opportunity to a carefully selected group of soldiers and civilians by providing them the academic, leadership and physical skills that will prepare them for success as Cadets at the United States Military Academy.”

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