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Saugus soccer player scores West Point admission

Posted: November 24, 2009 10:50 p.m.
Updated: November 25, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Saugus High senior Jamie Molacek has played soccer since she was 4 years old, and it’s paid off — 28 colleges have expressed interest in her.

Her mother, Cindy, figured Jamie would end up going to University of Portland or Pepperdine.

But her daughter, it seems, is full of surprises. The 17-year-old is one of the first 2010 recruits to be accepted to the prestigious United States Military Academy at West Point.

“We’re not military by any way shape or form,” Cindy Molacek said. “So when she picked a military school it was surprise.”

For Jamie, the chance to attend the New York institution was too good to pass up.

“(It’s) just an opportunity that people don’t normally get,” she said. “And it would be a waste to not take advantage of it.”

West Point officials have had their eyes on the teen as early as September 2008.

The process to gain admission isn’t easy and includes a letter of nomination. Molacek received a “Sup Nom” — a nomination from someone at West Point.

Molacek knew she wanted to attend the school pretty much from the first time she stepped on its historic campus.

“When I was going there, I had no idea what to expect or what was going to happen but as soon as I got there, I knew (that I wanted to attend),” she said.

Her mother,, was relieved when her daughter told her the news.

“My husband wasn’t there, but before we went we were hoping that would be the decision she made,” Cindy Molacek said.

Initially, however, Cindy  Molacek admits that West Point was “not originally what we expected of her.”

But any doubts were dashed quickly.

“The more we looked at her and reflected on her personality and attributes, we really saw her fitting in there,” Cindy Molacek said.

Jamie knows her journey is far from over. While maintaining a 4.5 GPA, she is also pushing herself in preparation for the mental and physical challenges that lie ahead.

“I am still pushing myself to prepare for it,” she said. “I’m not going to settle for where I am now.”

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