Lorena senior surprised by her acceptance to West Point Military Academy

LORENA, Texas – A high school student from Lorena High School received life-changing news Friday morning in front of friends, family and the whole school.

Mason Strauch was publicly accepted to West Point Military Academy in a surprise school assembly.

“I was sort of shaking. It was an adrenaline rush as soon as they called me,” Mason said after the assembly. “I’m relieved now. I was tired of waiting. I had been waiting for seven months. That’s what I worked towards and it was worth it.”

The announcement came from Congressman Pete Sessions who met Mason last year when he went through the academy selection process and recommended him to school.

“Mason is your quintessential patriot,” Sessions said. “He is a young man who has good results in school, he is an excellent student, a great athlete. But his character, he has shown himself all his life in a way that would be pleasant, but he is also prepared. to hardness. “

The news came as a surprise to Mason, but the people who know him best say he was made for it.

“The military academy is getting great at Mason,” said Kevin Johnson, director of Lorena HS. “He is someone who will have a positive impact in the world after this wonderful education that he will receive.”

While Mason’s interest in the military began his first year, he has always had a passion for serving his community.

“My whole life has revolved around serving others and being of service to my community,” he said. “Serving in the military, I think, is the best way for someone to serve their community. “

“He always loved serving others, volunteering,” said his mother, Belina Strauch. “He does PALS here at school, he volunteers for the church and the pantry. It fits with what he would do with his life because he enjoys doing these things.”

There is a lot to be done to be nominated at a school like West Point, which accepts less than 10 percent of those who apply. The application process includes physical and medical examinations, search for a referral, and several rounds of interviews. They are also looking for students with high school leadership roles and high test scores.

Those who attend military school must also commit to at least five years of service upon graduation.

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