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Mountaineer Challenge Academy grad recommended for West Point


William Farkas of Tunnelton isn’t your typical 16 year old. Farkas is now a high school graduate and preparing for the next step in his life.

During the spring he completed training in the Mountaineer Challenge Academy and with the completion has received a second letter of recommendation for appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

“I wanted to take the path least taken by students of my type. I thought it would perhaps give me an edge,” Farkas said.

His path is different because the Mountaineer Challenge Academy isn’t typically a place top notch students wind up to finish out their education. It’s normally a last chance for students who are on the verge of dropping out of high school. Although the program has been highly successful in turning around the lives of many at risk teens in West Virginia, it’s never been one which has produced a student bound for West Point.

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