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Fil-Am teen from Saipan got invited to West Point due to outstanding academic credentials

Marianas High School sophomore Julia Theresa S. Malate, left, received an early invitation from the U.S. Military Academy. With Malate is MHS teacher Jeaniffer H. Cubangbang. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

A FIFTEEN-year old Filipina-American from Saipan, Julia Theresa S. Malate, got an early invitation from the West Point Military Academy due to her outstanding academic credentials.

“Your outstanding high school record has been noticed by the United States Military Academy at West Point. We think you should apply for admission,” stated in a letter sent to Malate.
U.S. Army Col. Deborah J. McDonald, director of admissions, encouraged Malate to start her application process through the website provided by the USMA.

“The United States Military Academy has much to offer top students like you,” the letter said.

The USMA, according to McDonald, is an accredited four- year college consistently ranked among the best colleges in the nation. It provides a fully funded education valued at more than $200,000. The tuition, room and board, health dental care, and a monthly salary are included. It offers more than 35 high-demand majors – from computer science and engineering to psychology and international relations. It trains students to be leaders in all aspects of life and prepares them for success in a guaranteed job as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army after graduation.

“For West Point, before you start applying, you were supposed to be invited by them. The invitation usually comes at senior year, but I got an early invitation this year to apply,” Malate said in an interview.

Malate is a sophomore student at MHS.

“They recommended that I take more advance classes or may be even college classes so that the time I get to West Point, I can just move up to calculus of something higher up,” she said, adding she got the letter of invitation last Jan. 20. Her plan is to finish high school next school year.

“I plan to apply, hopefully get accepted, pass the fitness test and then I will go West Point.”

However, Malate said her parents suggested that it would be better if she finish high school in four years, instead of three.

Malate said she was surprised on the early invitation she got from West Point.

“I felt shocked because I didn’t know I would get it so early. But then I was really happy because it is my college that I have been dreaming to go to.”

“I perused West Point at an early stated because I wanted to know the requirements, just being a step ahead early. Yet, when I was asking the admissions some questions, they told to sign my name so they would email me (in the future) to apply,” she said.

When she told her parents about her invitation, Malate said her parents just looked at her. She said her parents were very supportive of her and her siblings.

When she told the news to her brother Robert, who is attending Harvard University, he was not surprised, according to Malate.

“I know that once you apply you will get in,” was Robert’s reply to his sister.

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Lori Lyn Lirio
Lori Lyn C. Lirio is a veteran newshen having worked for the People's Journal Tonight for more than 10 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications degree from the Lyceum of the Philippines University. She currently writes for the Marianas Variety, Saipan's number one community paper. .

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