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Division Avenue Senior Achieves Dream Of Attending West Point

February 11, 2022

Connor Gentile, a senior at Division Avenue High School, was accepted to the United State Military Academy West Point - a longstanding goal.
Connor Gentile, a senior at Division Avenue High School, was accepted to the United State Military Academy West Point - a longstanding goal.
Connor Gentile, a senior at Division Avenue High School in the Levittown Public School District, has achieved a longstanding dream with his recent acceptance to the United States Military Academy West Point.

As soon as the rigorous application process for West Point opened, Connor got to work. It involves multiple tests, essays and interviews, as well as a required sponsorship from a United States congressmember, which Connor received from U.S. Rep. Andrew Garbarino. Long Island is one of the most competitive areas for West Point applications, Connor said, and of roughly 14,000 applications received nationwide, only about 4,000 are accepted.

Connor was inspired to pursue West Point when he visited Fort Leonard Wood in St. Louis, Mo., for his sister's boot camp graduation. There, he saw the base's service members live in a self-sustaining community and drill sergeants leading calculated routines.

Through his years of school in Levittown, Connor worked toward his goal of attending West Point at every opportunity. He joined organizations such as the Sons of the American Legion and the Long Island Young Marines and played football, wrestling and lacrosse. Connor also started boxing last year, which he plans to play at West Point.

"It doesn't just start when the application process opens," Connor said. "It started in Middle School when I ran for class president in 9th grade. It starts early and it takes a lot, a lot of discipline, sacrifices and hard work."

Connor is unsure where the next four years will take him, but he said he would like to stay in the military after graduation.

"My goal wasn't just to be accepted at West Point it's to excel and to be one of the best there," Connor said.