CHESTERTOWN North Warren High School Junior Daniel Hill, who has dreamed of a career in the military since childhood, has been chosen to participate in the 2013 West Point Leaders Experience.
The seminar, set for June, is held primarily for prospective candidates for attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Hill was among 500 chosen for the one-week leadership seminar out of about 4,000 qualifying applicants nationwide. Among these top-achieving students, he was again selected to attend after the three sessions were reduced to one earlier this year due to federal budget cutbacks.
Daniel is the son of Margaret Hill of Adirondack and Dan Hill of the same hamlet in the town of Horicon. Margaret Hill is an employee of the North Warren School District, and Dan Hill serves as a patrol officer for Warren County Sheriff’s office.
Daniel Hill Jr. said that he is looking forward to the leadership session, he’s hoping to attend West Point in fall 2014, and has his sights set on a military career. He said he’s imagined himself in the military since elementary school, and has envisioned attending West Point since 7th grade.
“I’ve always wanted to be part of the Army and represent the United States and what it stands for,” he said. Hill applied for the session the very day that applications were first being accepted.
North Warren guidance Counselor Mike Terrio praised Hill’s ambition, focus and work ethic.
Daniel has been the North Warren Class of 2014’s top male student for years, garnering dozens of academic awards, Terrio said this week. Also, Hill was elected as President of North Warren’s Student Council.
“It’s inherent in his character to work hard toward his goals,” Terrio said.”Few people are willing to sacrifice short-term gains for long-term benefits like Daniel has through the years.”