Erica Sempf, an outgoing junior at Boyceville High School, was selected to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point’s prestigious Summer Leaders Experience (SLE) June 4-10th.
More than 5,000 juniors nationwide applied to SLE for 2 – 500 attendee sessions. SLE attendees lived in the cadet barracks, ate in the Cadet Mess and participated in academic, leadership, athletic and military workshops.
The one-week seminars are designed to help juniors with their college selection process, while giving them an idea of the importance of leadership and sound decision-making in their education, careers and lives in general. All SLE attendees participate in virtual reality war simulation and military and physical fitness training and, in addition, each student selects three of the 15 offered workshops.
Erica participated in a mock-trial simulation as a lawyer/prosecutor as part of the Department of Law Workshop. She was awarded the Outstanding Advocate Award where it was noted she was a “presence” in the courtroom. Of the 500 students at SLE, only 38 were awarded certificates of excellence by West Pont at the graduation ceremony for the session.
The United States Military Academy at West Point is a four-year, co-educational, federally funded undergraduate college located SO miles north of New York City. A preeminent leader development institution, West Point was founded in 1802 as America’s first college of engineering. Since then, West Point has grown in size and stature, but remains committed to the task of producing commissioned leaders of character for America’s Army. West Point was recently ranked #1 public college in the United States by Forbes magazine.