Grant Lockwood to West Point
DeKalb High School senior Grant Lockwood holds his certificate of appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. From left are his parents, Angie and Doug Lockwood, Grant Lockwood and Sallie Corbat, admissions representative for the academy.
WATERLOO — DeKalb High School senior Grant Lockwood, 18, has earned admission to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Lockwood received his certificate of appointment to the academy during the school’s senior awards program Monday night.
U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman nominated Lockwood for the academy, and he was appointed by the president and the academy’s admissions committee. The committee evaluated him for leadership and academic and physical abilities.
Lockwood reports to West Point on July 2.
“I’ve been striving for this since my freshman year. I started applying the beginning of my junior year,” Lockwood said.
As a freshman, Lockwood met current cadet Katie VanWye when both were members of DeKalb’s show choir. She graduated from DeKalb and was appointed to the academy in 2011, inspiring Lockwood to make his own bid for West Point.
Lockwood said he spoke this summer with VanWye, who is starting her fourth year at the academy.
“She loves it there. It was definitely the right decision for her, and she’s super-excited that someone else from Auburn is coming,” he said.
No one in his family has served in the military, Lockwood said.
“I’ve striven to be the best I can be at anything I can, and I’ve always been inclined to service,” he said about his motivation to qualify for the military academy. “It was always my goal to become part of the long, gray line.”
Lockwood said he is considering both infantry and medical specialties for his career in the U.S. Army.
The future cadet is the son of Doug and Angie Lockwood of Auburn.
During high school, he has been involved in student council, Student Leaders, FFA, Spanish Club, show choir, musicals and plays, soccer, swimming and the National Honor Society, while earning academic honors from Tri Kappa.
“I would have done more if I had more time,” he said.