MCHS seniors accepted to top military schools
Thursday, March 21, 2013 11:00 AM
Two Madison Consolidated High School seniors have been accepted into two of the country's top military schools.
Hayden McMahon has accepted an appointment to West Point Academy and Tate Turner was accepted to the United States Naval Academy.
McMahon is the son of Terrance and Charisa McMaho. Turner is the son of Mike and Sandy Turner.
Congressman Todd Young called Turner to tell him that he had received an appointment.
Turner became interested in the Naval Academy last year.
"It was very appealing," Turner said. "A free education is always very nice. Plus you get a learning experience were leadership, integrity and physical activity all get rolled into one."
McMahon said the application process was intense.
"You have essays to write, medical tests and physical tests to take and letters of recommendation you have to get," McMahon said. "They also take a look at your extra curricular activities, your SAT and ACT scores. You also have to get congressional or senatorial nomination, which, to get, is like applying somewhere, too."
McMahon started the application process at the end of his sophomore year and completed it this summer.
Both McMahon and Turner hope to make careers out of the military.
"I'd like to go into one of the fields," Turner said. "I was thinking something around the lines of combat rescue officer or pilot. I'd like to be a service to my country."
Both Madison students will have to report to their respective schools by late June. They'll spend the summer getting acclimated toward life at a military academy, Turner said.
After the first year, students can take a summer break or enroll in mission and service projects through the military academies.
To be admitted to either institution, applicants must be between 17 and 23 years old, have no dependents or be pregnant.
Each school will pay for four years of tuition costs in return for five years of service to the military after graduation.