Whitney High senior accepted to West Point

Luke Anaya graduates in June
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Seven years of hard work has paid off for a Whitney High School senior who has been accepted to the renowned United States Military Academy at West Point.

Luke Anaya, 17, is one of the 1,200 new cadets selected for the West Point Class of 2017 out of a pool of more than 15,000 applicants.

Candidates for the academy must complete a rigorous application process in which they are evaluated based on grades, leadership potential, athletics and extra-curricular activities. Candidates must even obtain a nomination from a member of Congress.

Anaya will graduate from Whitney this June as the commander of his JROTC Unit and National Honor Society secretary. He also earned a varsity letter in cross country and is a valedictorian of his class.

In exchange for an estimated $400,000 education, cadets are required to serve for eight years in the U.S. Army upon graduation. Anaya seeks to make a career out of the military in the Army Special Forces.