Caroline Maurer, who graduated from Cherokee High School with the class of 2018, has been appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. She starts “beast training” at the academy July 1. Mauer was previously enrolled at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

While in high school, Maurer received an invitation to West Point’s Summer Leadership Experience, a weeklong program for rising seniors to experience life as a cadet at West Point. Maurer applied last year with nominations from Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, but did not receive an appointment. Instead, she received a four-year Army ROTC scholarship to any university with an Army program in the country.

The college freshman went to Virginia Tech and reapplied to West Point, receiving four nominations: Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cartersville, Isakson, and Perdue, and an Army ROTC nomination from Virginia Tech. The second time, she received an appointment to West Point for the class of 2023. The West Point cadet intends to major in business management and to branch aviation or quartermaster/logistics after graduation. West Point graduates are required to serve five years of active duty in the Army following graduation.

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