Langston Hughes High Student Nominated to Attend West Point

Langston Hughes High School’s Quindajah McGinty is among 19 students from across Georgia’s 13th congressional district who have received a military academy nomination. The JROTC member has been nominated to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and will be honored in a special ceremony by Congressman David Scott on Saturday, February 8 at 10 a.m. at Brawner Hall in Smyrna, Ga.

“Each year I am deeply honored to nominate exceptional students from all across the Thirteenth District who want to attend a military academy and serve our country,” said Scott. “Military academies provide students a distinguished and rigorous education valued at more than $400,000, as well as the path to a rewarding career as commissioned officers for the U.S. Armed Forces.”

During the 2018-2019 school year, McGinty was selected as the Top Cadet Scholar-Athlete-Leader of the Year and served as the Brigade Commander for Fulton County Schools. In her role, she led more than 1700 cadets.

At the top of this school year, she addressed cadets gathered at the Fulton County Schools JROTC Leaderships Symposium where the theme was “excellence through unity.”

If McGinty attends West Point, she’ll be part of a growing trend of women excelling at the highly esteemed institution. In 2019, the school graduated the the largest group of women in its history since the first female cadets graduated in 1980.

The school also graduated its largest-ever group of black women last year. The 34 history-makers posed for an internet-breaking photo. Among them was 2nd Lieutenant Imani Simmons, a graduate of Westlake High School.

Photo Credit: Langston Hughes High School JROTC

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