High School Students Interested in Service Academies Can Meet Cadets

Commander Jim Cragg is mentoring two cadets from West Point who will speak to interested students on Wednesday, July 20.

If you have a high school student that might be interested in attending one of the five service academies, West Point (Army), Annapolis (U.S. Navel Academy), Colorado Springs (U.S. Air Force), Kings Point (U.S. Merchant Marines) or New London (U.S. Coast Guard), the American Legion Ronald Reagan Post 283 is hosting two cadets that can help answer questions.

Regardless of Legion affiliation, any family/student who would like more information is invited to come the Palisades Presbyterian Church meeting hall, 15821 Sunset Boulevard, at 5:30 p.m. on July 20.

Legion commander and Palisades resident Jim Cragg said, “The Cadets are looking forward to talking to kids, who might be interested in applying.”

Cragg, a businessman, is mentoring the two for an internship in entrepreneurism.

Several Palisades residents have attended different academies, including Brandon Newman, who attended the U.S. Coast Guard and now serves as a public information officer for that branch: West Point alums included twins Jack and Liam Palladino, “Sudsy” Dyke and most recently Caroline Vincent, who is a senior and won the 2022 ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) Ann Lebedeff Leadership Award, which is endowed by Billie Jean King.

Legion, Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion are invited to RSVP for the dinner, and at the Legion meeting, after the dinner, the USMA Cadets will speak about Cadet life at West Point.

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