A Virginia teenager has accomplished the rare feat of receiving an appointment to four U.S. military academies.
Timothy Park, 18, was accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the Naval Academy in Maryland, Air Force Academy in Colorado and Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. It is unclear if he applied to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in New York.
Besides receiving excellent grades and high test scores, Park also had to receive an official nomination from a Congressman, do well in an interview with an officer at the school, be a leader, and be involved in the community.
Park told Fox 5 DC that he was inspired to serve after watching a documentary on The History Channel on the four military academies when he was eight years old.
He also wanted to serve because of his family’s previous service in and around the military. After surviving the Korean War, his grandfather, Eugene Park, graduated from medical school and began his own practice in the United States.
“He gave free medical care to all Korean War veterans and their families as a way to repay what he called a debt of honor,” Tim Park said. “He started this legacy of service that I really want to continue.”
Timothy’s father also is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. Timothy Park said that he is leaning towards West Point as his academy of choice.