On the afternoon of Wednesday, April 9, senior Marissa Karp received a welcomed call from Congressman Jack Kingston’s office, offering her admission to the prestigious United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point. Each year West Point receives more than 10,000 applications, but has an admission rate of only nine percent. Applicants must receive a congressional nomination from their representative Congressman, two U.S. senators, the vice president of the United States or receive a Service-Connected nomination from a “career military personnel”.
Mary Beth Fry, Director of College Counseling, comments, “Marissa Karp was the perfect candidate for West Point: smart, curious, generous, and responsible. Marissa always does what it takes to do her best possible work and to meet each and every one of her responsibilities.”
During her time at Country Day, Marissa was selected for the National Honor Society, has received outstanding attorney awards at both district and regional Mock Trial competitions, was a member of region and state title winning casts in One Act Play competitions, and has been active in several student lead groups including Young Politicians, Students for Cultural Diversity and the school literary journal, Amanuensis. She has spent three years on the Chatham Country Youth Commission and is also a member of the Teen Board at Memorial University Medical Center.
“Becoming a strong candidate for any of the Service Academies is a tall order for even the most talented student, but Marissa has had her eye on this for a few years, and has been entirely dedicated to accomplishing her goal. We are all very proud of her and her accomplishments, but we aren't even a little bit surprised by what she's achieved: Marissa is living proof that determination and discipline will net enormous rewards,” says Ms. Fry.
Marissa comments on her future plans, stating, “I'm now looking forward to pursuing a degree in engineering at West Point, and then I hope to attend law school after I finish my commitment.”