Cardinal Newman junior wins prestigious West Point Leadership Award from U.S. Military Academy

Jacqueline Johnston (right) poses with her award. Chris Timmers photo.

Jacqueline Johnston, a rising senior at Cardinal Newman High School, has been awarded this year’s West Point Leadership Award by the United States Military Academy.

Johnston is a young lady of talent and skill. She plays varsity soccer and volleyball, represents her class as Student Council Vice President, and has been inducted into the National Honors Society. She is also heavily involved with the Wings Program at Cardinal Newman, in which upperclassmen help mentor incoming seventh graders. She performs in the school band and plays snare drums.

The mission of the United States Military Academy is to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, and Country. West Point graduates have built the Panama Canal, walked on the moon, commanded the International Space Station, and have provided leaders for both the military and private sectors.

In keeping with this tradition, the West Point Parents Club and the West Point Societies of South Carolina have established the West Point Leadership Award to recognize high school juniors who exhibit the qualities and ideals of the United States Military Academy. The selection criteria include demonstrating excellence in the areas of leadership, academics, athletics, community service, and good citizenship.

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