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New Cath Senior Selected for Summer Leaders Program at West Point

In early June, Ansley Davenport, a senior at Newport Central Catholic High School, participated in the prestigious Summer Leaders Experience (SLE) at West Point. Davenport was among 1,000 students selected from more than 5,000 applicants nationwide to experience life at West Point.  

SLE attendees live in the cadet barracks (dormitories), eat in the Cadet Mess, and participate in academic, leadership, athletic, and military workshops. The summer program is designed to help students with their college selection process, while giving them an idea of the importance of leadership and sound decision-making in their education, careers, and lives, in general. 

During her week at West Point, Davenport also experienced virtual-reality war simulation as well as military and physical fitness training sessions.    

“West Point's SLE program was a remarkable experience that exemplified teamwork, camaraderie, and leadership. The program offered insight into the daily life of a West Point cadet and the training that our country's future leaders undergo. I enjoyed every minute of the program and I'll carry my amazing experience and the genuine friendships I made with me for the rest of my life," said Davenport.

“Ansley is an immensely talented and smart young lady, with a strong work ethic and leadership skills that will take her far.  We cannot be more proud of Ansley and excited she was accepted for such a prestigious experience at West Point," said New Cath Principal Jason Huther.

Ansley is the daughter of Jeunet and Scott Davenport of Alexandria.

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