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Trinity senior attends two military academies

Takes summer sessions at West Point and Annapolis

Posted: September 5, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 5, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Trinity senior Spencer Klehn with his father, Russ Klehn, at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, after his week-long Cadet training session.

 

It’s an honor to be selected to attend either of the week-long summer leadership sessions held at the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis or the United States Military Academy at West Point. But being selected for both is nearly unheard of.

Yet that is exactly what happened this summer for Trinity Classical Academy’s Spencer Klehn, who attended both academies and got a preview of what it would be like to be a cadet or midshipman.

“I was accepted to attend both academies and soon realized that the dates they issued me overlapped because of government cutbacks due to the sequester,” said Klehn. “I made a request to the Navy to be switched to another week, and while they could not guarantee it, when I went they had a spot for me and it all worked out.”

Both Annapolis and West Point host students who are setting their sights on a future in service to our nation.

Competition for the limited number of positions is fierce, with only 10 percent of the thousands of West Point applicants being accepted. The demanding week-long sessions cover academics, athletics and professional training.

Being fully immersed into the culture at each academy was an opportunity for Klehn to find out about what each of the vaunted institutions had to offer.

“I remember talking about West Point with my dad as a little boy,” Klehn recalls. “I have always wanted to go to a top university and the Army and the Navy are two of the best colleges in the country. I don’t want to settle for mediocre so I have my sights set on going to the best.”

Klehn has never settled for mediocre in his high school career, either. He carries a full honors-level workload at Trinity, a rigorous college-prep school in Santa Clarita. He is also an All-CIF wide receiver and linebacker on the Trinity football team, where he is a captain — and he was also recently honored as an All-CIF forward on the basketball team, which he helped lead to the CIF Div. 7 championship game. An accomplished musician as well, Klehn has been a mainstay in Trinity’s worship band. Klehn volunteers at the SCV food pantry, teaches at youth basketball camps and has been a youth teacher at NorthPark Community Church for four years. He has participated in numerous mission trips to build homes in Mexico with Trinity and NorthPark Community Church. Klehn believes that his academics, his work ethic and his desire to serve make him a good candidate for both West Point and the Naval Academy.

“The more I’ve looked into what is required from both academies, the more I felt they naturally align with what my life now looks like,” says Klehn. “Both academies want the best from me academically, physically and intellectually and as a leader, and that is what Trinity expects from me now. I’ve always been motivated to keep my grades up and work hard every day. You have to put in the work, even while you are enjoying your time in high school. You have to be disciplined and work hard, but you have to love your family and love your friends and love the Lord.”

The next steps for Klehn will be applying for the nomination to the academies from California Congressman Buck McKeon, California’s senators and the Vice President of the United States.

 

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