July 1, 2016

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Highland High School graduate heading to West Point

A 2012 Highland High graduate has achieved his dream of going to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Andrew Wuellner, 19, of Granger Township, has accepted an appointment to the academy, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Avon, announced Monday. Brown nominated Wuellner to the academy.

Andrew Wuellner

“I’m really excited because this has been a dream of mine for six years now,” Wuellner said. “I’ll be there in just four months.”

Reception day for new cadets at West Point is July 2 — Wuellner’s 20th birthday.

Wuellner, who is enrolled at the University of Akron on a four-year scholarship through the Reserve Officer Training Corps, applied to the academy at West Point last year but didn’t get in.

His father, Michael Wuellner, said his son always has been tenacious in pursing his goals.

“He’s always wanted to serve his country,” Michael Wuellner said. “He spent the last five years doing everything he could to get into West Point. When he didn’t get in, he applied again.”

In high school, Wuellner worked to prove himself a leader. He joined the tennis team and earned the title of captain. He served as Student Council president and class president and took four advanced placement courses.

“I also did a lot of training in my off time. It was exhausting,” he said.

Wuellner credited his family and friends for their support.

In high school, his fellow student leader, Jake Suran, who served as his vice president on Student Council, also applied to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

“We had a support network going on,” Wuellner said of Suran, who is now attending Xavier University on a four-year ROTC scholarship.

Wuellner said he is grateful for the support of his girlfriend and Highland High graduate, Anastasia Jameyson. The pair has been together for nearly two years.
“She’s always pushed me and kept me motivated,” he said.

Wuellner is looking forward to the challenge of West Point.

“Right now, I’m still close to home, I have people I know around me,” he said. “All that’s going to change at West Point. It’s going to be challenging and it’s going to be something I’ve never done before. I’m really excited to get out there and see something new.”

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.