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Matthews Appointed to United States Military Academy

For the third time in four years, a Missouri Military Academy cadet will begin classes at a United States service academy this fall.  In 2013, Eoghan Matthews ’13 of St. Louis has been appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

The announcement came after Matthews received recommendations from Missouri representative Lacy Clay and Missouri senator Roy Blunt.  Matthews is scheduled to report to the academy in July.

“I remember the first conversation I had about West Point with my family,” Matthews said.

He recalls that his family initially balked at the idea, but after a few years of research and working toward his goal, his family came around.  Matthews says he has had West Point on his mind since 2009, and hasn’t given up since.  With a 4.4 GPA and notice of his appointment, the next stage of packing and planning begins.

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Academy president Mr. Charles A. “Tony” McGeorge congratulates Eoghan Matthews ’13 on his appointment to the U.S. Military Academy. Matthews received recommendations from a U.S. representative and U.S. senator before being accepted.

Matthews says he may take his first year to experience the Academy before settling in on a specific focus of study.

“I want to take a look around at all the Academy and the Army has to offer,” he said. “I know I’m interested in being an infantryman, but there could be other opportunities for me.”

It is a very difficult and arduous process to apply and subsequently be accepted to any service academy.  A lengthy application, letters of recommendation from representatives, and an outstanding GPA are just some of the requirements to be fulfilled.

Matthews joins Luis Gonzalez ’10, Jared Roberts ’12, and Landon Smalley ’12 as MMA alumni to be appointed to service academies.  Gonzalez and Smalley are currently studying at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.  Roberts is rehabilitating from a knee injury.

Matthews is the first MMA cadet to report to West Point since Devin Lang in 2009.

Roberts, Smalley Both Headed to U.S. Air Force Academy

Not one, but two Missouri Military Academy seniors will pack their belongings for a move to Colorado Springs, Colorado this summer.  Jared Roberts ’12 of Springboro, Ohio and Landon Smalley ’12 of Derby, Kansas have both been appointed to the United States Air Force Academy.

Roberts and Smalley are scheduled to report at the end of June.

It is a very difficult and arduous process to apply and subsequently be accepted to the academy.  A lengthy application, letters of recommendation from representatives, and an outstanding GPA are just some of the requirements to be fulfilled.

Roberts and Smalley were roommates during their first year at MMA and both had a deep interest in the Air Force Academy.  Roberts says he and Landon were able to motivate each to strive for acceptance to the school.

Roberts received an email acknowledging his acceptance, and Smalley received the news from MMA president MajGen Robert Flanagan.  Roberts had it a little easier than Smalley, as MajGen Flanagan broke the news in a more nerve-wracking manner.  He called Smalley to his office for a meeting with MMA Executive Officer LTC Jim Medley (USAF, retired) and himself and convinced Smalley that he was in some sort of trouble.

 

 

Roberts (left) and Smalley (right) receive the news of their appointments to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

The act did not last long, however, as MajGen Flanagan and LTC Medley cracked smiles and made him aware of his achievement.

Roberts and Smalley are the second and third cadets in the last three years to be appointed.  Luis Gonzalez ’10 is currently a junior at the Academy.

MajGen Flanagan (left) and LTC Medley (right) tried to pull a fast one on Smalley, but it was hard to resist telling him the good news.