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MSJ student nominated for West Point by Sen. Bernie Sanders


Student Monica Schmelzenbach stands with Sen. Patrick Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch.

RUTLAND–Mount Saint Joseph Academy senior Monica Schmelzenbach is one of a select number of Vermonters to receive a nomination for admission to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Being nominated for a service academy is a tremendous honor. Students are nominated by U.S. Senators and members of the House of the Representatives. Monica was nominated by Senator Bernard Sanders. All of the Vermont nominees now wait to see if they are granted an “appointment,” which is equivalent to admission.

Miss Schmelzenbach has excelled at MSJ, both academically and in extracurricular activities. She plays a number of sports including soccer, basketball, and track, and serves as an MSJ ambassador. She was the goalie for the very successful MSJ soccer team, and is a captain of the MSJ women’s basketball team, which is defending its 2015 state title.

MSJ has a proud tradition of alumni in military service. One of the latest additions to this tradition is Monica’s sister, Claire (MSJ ‘14), who is currently a student at West Point. Monica and Claire are the daughters of Thomas and Jeanne Schmelzenbach.

Mount Saint Joseph Academy is a college preparatory Catholic high school in Rutland, Vt., specializing in educating the mind and spirit for more than a century.

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