MORE THAN A DEGREE: West Point Graduate Thankful For Opportunities Ahead

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 24, 2011

By Mike Barnhardt
Enterprise Record

Jessica Huggins is considering a career with the FBI, maybe the CIA.
She may go to graduate school; and she’s not ruling out starting a family.
Her options are endless.
And as a May graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point with a degree in environmental science, her mentor, Col. Terry Hales of the Davie High School JROTC program, says her opportunities really are endless.
Huggins is off to study military policing at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. before her first duty station in Ft. Bliss, Texas. She has a commitment to stay in the military for five years. She’s not sure about her future after that.
She does want to go to graduate school. That is paid for by the government for all West Point graduates.
Getting into West Point isn’t easy. Huggins applied, but her SAT scores were too low. Hales “pulled some strings” and got her into a prep school for West Point hopefuls. She finished seventh in …