McKee will attend West Point Academy
Berkeley Springs High School senior Loguen McKee has accepted an appointment to the Class of 2016 at the United States Military Academy
at West Point. McKee is the son of Tony and Erin McKee of Berkeley Springs.
At Berkeley Springs High School, McKee has served as Berkeley Springs Indians football team captain and president of the Student Council. He has been an AP Scholar Award recipient and a National Honor Society member.
McKee has also spent many hours as a tutor to high school
students and as a mentor to Warm Springs Intermediate School students.
McKee plans a career in the military and a double major in International Studies and Arabic at West Point.
He hopes to be a translator in the military.
McKee attended a weeklong summer leadership program at West Point last June and said he fell in love with the place. They had classroom studies and lectures on leadership and also did obstacle courses and a wide variety of activities.
McKee said he first became interested in the military and in attending
the Naval Academy from his mom’s friend who went there.
The Naval Academy is in Annapolis and is closer to home. Graduates join the Navy or the Marines, he noted.
However, McKee liked how that at West Point a cadet becomes an officer in the United States Army. His dad is also in the Army.
When his application at West Point was accepted, McKee said he accepted the appointment and did not pursue submitting his application for the Naval Academy.
McKee said he’s very excited and can’t wait to get to West Point. He and other Class of 2016 members will report there on July 2.
McKee will take regular college classes along with courses on military tactics, leadership and military development.
He said while regular college students will take 15 to 18 credit hours, his course load will be 21 to 24 credit hours with the additional military courses.
The United States Military Academy at West Point is a four-year undergraduate co-educational liberal arts college located 50 miles north of New York City. It is ranked as one of the top colleges in the nation.
Renowned as a premier leader development institution, its mission is to educate, train and inspire cadets for careers of professional service to the Army and the country.
It is believed that McKee will be the first Berkeley Springs High School student to attend West Point.