General George S. Patton, General Omar N. Bradley, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, General Alexander M. Haig and Astronaut Frank Borman. The list of graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West point, reads like a who’s who of America’s best military and political leaders, so it stands to reason — if your goal in life is to be an effective leader of individuals who run to danger instead of away from it, it requires very specialized training, and many of America’s military and political leaders have found that training at West Point.
It is with that knowledge that Portsmouth High School senior Lucas “Luke” Purdy looks to his future at West Point
“I got a phone call yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon,” Purdy said.
Purdy said he will report to West Point in early July. In order for a student to be admitted to the Military Academy, he or she must possess those rare traits of academics and athleticism.
“I have played tennis, football, basketball and have swam,” Purdy said. “I plan on playing sprint football. That’s football for 178 pounds and under.”
How are you prepared for the kind of mental toughness required by the instructional program at West Point?
“I think that the camaraderie at West Point will definitely play a role in me getting through those mentally tough days,” Purdy said.
The United States Military Academy’s mission, according to their website, is to educate, train and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the United States Army.
“I want to branch out into the infantry division and make a career out of the Army,” Purdy said.
Purdy is the son of Rob and Mary Purdy.
“They were just as excited as I am,” Purdy said. “There’s no way I could be what I am today and accomplish what I have without them, that’s for sure.”
One of the people who was most excited about the news was Portsmouth High School Athletic Director Joe Albrecht, whose son Jacob is himself nearing graduation from West Point.
“He was so excited about it,” Purdy said. “He’s just as excited as I was and my parents were because his son goes to West Point.”
Albrecht said the entire PHS family was supporting Purdy.
“Everybody here is proud of him. I was as proud for him as I was for my own son getting in ,” Albrecht said. “Luke will be a stellar cadet. I really think he will.”
The Academy provides a superb four-year education, which focuses on the leader development of cadets in the academic, military, and physical domains, all underwritten by adherence to a code of honor.
“His personality and the way he carries himself is stellar,” Albrecht said. “He is a great representative from the school and our town.”
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