Montgomery nominated to attend West Point, Naval Academy

By Tyler Buchanan, Vinton County Courier

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Washington, January 11, 2017 | comments
Vinton County’s own Caleb Montgomery has received official nominations to the U.S. Naval Academy and West Point.
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Vinton County’s own Caleb Montgomery has received official nominations to the U.S. Naval Academy and West Point.
The nominations were made by U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Upper Arlington), who represents Vinton County in Ohio’s 15th District.

A senior at Vinton County High School, Caleb is the son of Greg and Amy Montgomery.

“One of my highest honors in Congress is to nominate students who want to serve their country to the United States military academies,” Stivers said. “Caleb stood out among an outstanding group of students this year. I am confident that he will represent our region well and contribute to making our military stronger.”

Montgomery is an accomplished student at VCHS, known for his achievements in the classroom and in athletics. He regularly appears on the school’s honor roll and received the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award in 2016. He also earned his way to the All-Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division football team as well as the All-TVC-Ohio academic team.

The Courier honored him as one of the newspaper’s Athletes of the Week on Oct. 4, 2016, for his stellar football performance against Alexander.

Besides starring in football, basketball and track, Montgomery has been a star on the stage through his involvement with the Vikings Players. He performed as an ancestor in last year’s Addams Family school musical.

Montgomery stays busy outside of school with his involvement in 4-H. As a member of the Mound Hill Farmers 4-H group, he won Grand Champion Market Steer at the Vinton County Jr. Fair in 2016. His champion steer sold for $4,400 at the livestock sale, the most of any animal last year.

High school students interested in attending a service academy must first apply to their congressman, in this case Rep. Stivers. Montgomery was interviewed by Stivers’ Military Academy Review Board, which also evaluates applicants’ leadership skills, academic record and community involvement.

Montgomery is not necessarily guaranteed entrance into the Naval Academy or West Point. Admissions Boards for each of the service academies review congressional nominees and make the final decisions on who can attend.

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