Cardinal Ritter senior Connor Lynn has been accepted into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, an academy with only a nine percent acceptance rate.
Connor began the rigorous application process his sophomore year. According to Lynn, West Point looks for an applicant profile to reflect a 60% focus on academics, 20% on leadership and 10% on athletics. Applicants must obtain congressional approval and be medically cleared by the U.S. Department of Defense.
It's no mystery how Connor made the cut. While maintaining a GPA of 3.8, Connor has been a member of the swim team, track team, along with an array clubs, including Latin Club and Model UN. However, Connor seems to shine brightest off campus.
Connor has interned at the Marion County Republican Party for the past two years. He has worked closely with Indianapolis Republican leaders like Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson and Mayor Greg Ballard. During Connor's tenure, his responsibilities have included phone banking, constituent mailings and even filing financial reports and absentee voter forms. Connor is currently working on Mayor Greg Ballard's campaign.
Connor was also selected to be a delegate of Hoosier Boys State, a program created by the Indiana Department of The American Legion, to learn the impact of politics. In the summer of 2014, Connor was one of two representatives from Hoosier Boys State to represent Indiana at Boys Nation in Washington, D.C.
Connor will major in International Relations and has his eyes set on the Pentagon. He reports to West Point, New York in the middle of July.
When asked what he is most excited or nervous about, he said, "I am nervous about being away from my family because I won't get to talk to them for two months. But I'm excited about the West Point experience in general."
Connor Lynn is rare. Speak briefly with Connor and one understands that his journey is just beginning. The entire Cardinal Ritter community wishes Connor the best and will be following him in the years to come.