LISD has announced the appointment of Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) cadet Dana Cody to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Cody received the news directly from Congressman Randy Neugebauer and was speechless at the news.

To put the appointment into perspective, over 10,000 students apply each year to West Point. There are only 1,300 positions available.

According to Lubbock High's chief military science instructor Commander Paul Hill, the appointment to West point has a value of $400,000.

Cody is a superior student with a current grade point average of 4.66. She is ranked no. 26 in the class of 503 that will graduate from Lubbock High School this May. She is also a member of the NJROTC Varsity Fitness Team and Academic Team, which competed in Oklahoma City the weekend following news of her appointment.

I had the opportunity to speak with Cody about her appointment, plans and goals. She is, of course, very intelligent and engaging. She talked about her influences, in particular George Washington, garbage trucks and how "Star Wars" (Yes, the movie trilogy!) inspired her.

Cody also started the Model U.N. club at Lubbock High School, which is exactly what it sounds like: a model of the United Nations in which student members represent different countries and problems they face and plans for solutions.

They are planning a trip in March to San Antonio to a Model U.N. Summit and are currently fundraising for this event. If you would like to contribute to such a deserving group of young people, you can contact Lubbock High School at (806) 766-1444.